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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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Legal updates

Public Matters - September 2021

Updates include the UK Hydrogen Strategy and IPA assistance with PFI contract expiry.


Legal updates

Is this a support plan you can work with on PFI contract expiry? Handover assistance from the IPA

Key areas of support offered by the IPA under the ‘Managing the Risks of PFI Contract Expiry’ plan to aid public bodies.


Legal updates

The UK Hydrogen Strategy: an overview

Outline of the Government’s ambitious Hydrogen Strategy and how we can support low carbon energy projects and related queries.


Legal updates

Hospitals as ‘placements’ for looked after children under the age of 16

With effect from Thursday 9 September 2021 the amendments contained within the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/161) (‘the Regulations’) come into effect which introduces regulation 27A.


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