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Public Matters - June 2021

17 June 2021

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

General Power of Competence: what does this mean for Wales?

Neil Kates discusses the introduction of GPoC for Welsh local authorities, sets out its benefits, limits and how we can help.

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Early contractor involvement is growing in popularity with local authorities, but which is the best route, JCT or NEC?

Martin Cannon summarises which drafting works best and where there are traps for the unwary.

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More guidance on ‘failure to remove’ claims: what are the implications for children’s services and SAR teams?

Sarah Erwin-Jones looks at a recent flurry of judgments on the issue of the existence of a duty of care in children’s ‘failure to remove’ cases.

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Can local authorities still drive town and city centre regeneration?

It’s no secret that our towns and city centres are facing enormous challenges. Jonathan Allen looks at the shift in planning policy and what it means for local authorities.

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Regeneration review - where are we now?

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Changing the narrative about risk in health and social care

James Arrowsmith looks at how we think and talk about risk needs to change.

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Subsidy control after Brexit - a practitioner's perspective

The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement is intended to be permissive rather than restrictive. Angelica Hymers provides an update on the six principles and restrictions.

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Training and events


Claims Club London office

We are pleased to invite you to join us for our popular Claims Club, which will take place in-person in our London office. With a focus on risk in the public sector, as well as discussion on the topics outlined below we are hoping there will be time for Mr Jonathan Cook to don his sparkly jacket for a short festive quiz! Following the session there will be an opportunity for an informal catch up for those who can stay on.

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Press releases

Browne Jacobson helps launch new innovative council company network with Wiltshire Council and Christ Church Business School

Law firm Browne Jacobson has collaborated with Wiltshire Council and Christ Church Business School on the launch event of The Council Company Best Practice and Innovation Network, a platform which brings together academic experts and senior local authority leaders, allowing them to share best practice in relation to council companies.


The UK's green agenda - the outcomes of COP27 and actions since COP26

Just over a year ago world leaders, policymakers, scientists and environmental activists gathered in Glasgow for COP26. Now many of those same people have also travelled to Egypt to attend this year's summit for what has been billed as “A moment of truth for the international community”.


Legal updates

Public Matters - November 2022

Updates include COP27, The end of drop in applications, Settlement agreements, Investment zones and Assaults on school staff.


Legal updates

Dipping in and out of the Investment Zones

Announced in September but scrapped on 17 November the investment zone proposals were very short lived. The proposal has now morphed into the proposal for a smaller number of clustered zones earmarked for investment.


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