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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


What’s the right level of risk? ON24 webinar platform

In this webinar our procurement, health and social care and risk experts will discuss ‘what’s the right level of risk’. They will also discuss what can be done to mitigate risk.

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New guidance on exclusions - what you need to know ON24 webinar platform

The department for Education is releasing new guidance on exclusions and suspensions, making changes to the behaviour, suspension and exclusion framework and guidance. Join us on 6 July as we explain the proposed changes and help you understand how they will affect you and your school.

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Legal updates

Welsh Human Rights Bill: A parting of the ways?

The Welsh Government has published a report setting out a blueprint for devolution of justice and policing in Wales that pulls no punches in making the case for taking greater control from Westminster.


Legal updates

The Procurement Bill - selection, exclusion, conflict of interests and debarment

On 11 May 2022, the UK Government introduced the Procurement Bill which seeks to reform the existing rules on public procurement. The Bill underwent its second reading on 25 May 2022 and we can expect the Act to come into force some time next year. This article will take you through some of the proposed changes on selection, exclusion, conflict of interests and debarment in the procurement process.


Legal updates

The Introduction of the Social Partnership and Public Procurement (Wales) Bill by the Welsh Government

The Social Partnership and Public Procurement (Wales) Bill (the Bill) was introduced by the Welsh Government on 7 June 2022. The Bill is intended to complement other legislation, specifically the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 (WFGA 2015) and provides a framework for enhancing the well-being of the Welsh people.


Legal updates

Acclimatise! You can’t afford to cop out!

Climate change could result in local authorities seeing an increase in claims from the employees and the public. In this article, we share our top 10 tips for mitigating the risk of claims.


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