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Public matters - March 2021

22 March 2021

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

Climate change - extreme weather and shifting liability risks

James Fawcett considers what further developments we might see in response to shifting environmental challenges.

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Local authorities and the Debt Respite Scheme

Joe Price outlines this legislation and how might it affect local authorities.

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Significant changes to trial witness statements: Practice Direction 57AC - what do you need to know?

Mia Plume looks at the key changes to Practice Direction 57AC and Statement of Best Practice, and the challenges for legal representatives.

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Post-Covid child abuse litigation - a new future

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Training and events

9Sep

In house lawyers: our sustainable future Online

This might be the greatest challenge facing C-Suite and legal teams over the next few years. What does that mean for you?

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7Oct

In house lawyers: skills and networking session Online

As the pandemic recedes, we'll be getting back together, taking a look at what it means to be a lawyer in 2021 and to have a work-life balance.

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Focus on...

Legal updates

The Building Safety Bill – what does it mean for you?

Earlier this month the Government published the Building Safety Bill as part of its continuing efforts to respond to the Grenfell disaster and recommendations made following the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety led by Dame Judith Hackitt.

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Legal updates

Japanese knotweed – a diminishing risk?

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (‘RICS’) is in the process of updating its guidance to surveyors on their approach to Japanese knotweed when valuing a property.

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Legal updates

Local authority leisure provision in a time of Covid

It was no surprise that the leisure sector was one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, and that many local authority leisure contracts required significant intervention.

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Legal updates

Special Severance Payments

It took over 5 years for secondary legislation implementing the £95,000 cap on public sector exit payments to be brought into force; only a few months after their implementation, the Government announced in February of this year that the Public Sector Exit Payments Regulations 2020 would be revoked, citing ‘unintended consequences’ which had been identified after ‘extensive review’.

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