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Public matters - January 2021

27 January 2021

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

New year, new-ish state aid rules: the new subsidy control regime

Alex explains how funding bodies must grapple with the complex and challenging exercise of legal obligations from the UK-EU TCA and numerous trade agreements to grant funding until a formal subsidy regime is put in place.

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The UK Freeport Regime

The UK government’s deadline for submission of bids to secure a Freeport is fast approaching.

Athina looks at what you should be considering in a Freeport proposal.

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School not responsible for pupil attack on teaching assistant

Over five years after the event, Leah summarises how Norfolk County Council's successful appeal is a reminder that failure in a written risk assessment not fatal.

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Lack of clarity with public sector exit pay cap law

The Exit Pay Regulations raise significant legal issues for public sector employers who are scheme employers of the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Kerren looks at what you can do.

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Ceasing discretionary functions and powers – some key issues for public bodies to consider

Matthew outlines the key legal questions for public bodies to consider before deciding to cease exercising a discretionary power due to limited resources or other reasons.

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Directors duties in relation to local authority trading companies and special purchase vehicles

Chloe provides some prudent steps that directors should take to minimise their risk of being personally liable in an insolvency situation.

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Training and events


Claims Club Online

We are pleased to invite you to join us for our popular Claims Club where we will be discussing the risk of data sharing, risks in a changing climate, highway claims and what we can see on the horizon.

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In house lawyers: our digital future Online

As lawyers what can we do to stay on top of the changes and make sure we're prepared for what's ahead?

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Legal updates

School Admissions Code 2021 – what you need to know

The School Admissions Code 2021 (“the Code”) was recently published by the Department for Education (DfE) following a consultation exercise in summer 2020. The Code is currently subject to parliamentary approval, but it will be in force from 1 September 2021.


Regeneration review - where are we now?

Catch up on our regeneration video, where we look at four keys areas of regeneration; public law, planning, construction and real estate.


Legal updates

Public matters - May 2021

This month includes updates on safe use of council offices, recent changes to Part 36 Offers and leading through change.


Legal updates

Wigan v Scullindale – local authority break rights in long development leases

The High Court has recently declared that a landlord’s break right in a long lease – expressed as being exercisable ‘at any time’ following a tenant default – had been validly exercised, even though the default in question had occurred 16 months prior to the break notice being served.


The content on this page is provided for the purposes of general interest and information. It contains only brief summaries of aspects of the subject matter and does not provide comprehensive statements of the law. It does not constitute legal advice and does not provide a substitute for it.

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