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Public Matters - December 2021

21 December 2021

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

Waste is only waste if we waste it*

Michael Mousdale looks at the impact of Part 3 of the Environment Act 2021 on waste collection authorities, including measures to reduce packaging waste, to encourage re-use and recycling and changes to the way waste will be collected.

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Have You Gotta Have Faith? The effect of good faith and mutual co-operation provisions in construction contracts

Scott Mounfield explores the concept of good faith in the context of construction contracts for public bodies, and what the recent decision in Van Oord Ltd v Dragados Ltd does for this area of law.

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Short Read: Transforming Public Procurement: Government Response to Consultation

Peter Ware outline's the key highlights from the Government's responses.

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Long Read: Transforming Public Procurement: Government Response to Consultation

Peter Ware reviews in detail the Government's response to the Transforming Public Procurement consultation.

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The DfE’s draft education and sustainability strategy: for schools

Laura Hughes considers each of the ‘action areas’ of the draft strategy & what it might mean for schools & academies.

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School Uniform – a high street takeover?

Laura Murphy looks at what schools need to know about the DfE guidance which requires school uniforms to be affordable for all.

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Responding to the impact of TikTok on your school community

Attacks by students on their teachers and their schools through the medium of TikTok is causing considerable distress and anger for teachers and leaders.

Julia Green explores what can be done legally.

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The use and misuse of social media. Managing the impact of difficult behaviour ON24 webinar

In this webinar, James Tait and Ros Foster come together to discuss the use of social media and difficult behaviour, the tools that the law provides to help manage such situations and provide practical hints and tips based on their experience and relevant case law.

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Legal updates

Public Matters - May 2022

Updates include Section 106, Changes to the statutory framework for local government in Wales and more.


Legal updates

A new Modern Slavery Bill

Public sector and private sector organisations, particularly those who meet the £36 million threshold, are encouraged to review their approach to combating modern slavery in their organisation and its supply chains before the Modern Slavery Bill becomes law.


Press releases

Browne Jacobson’s two ‘rising stars’ announced winners at the WeAreTheCity Awards 2022

A lawyer and a HR business partner from law firm Browne Jacobson have been announced as winners of the WeAreTheCity’s Rising Stars Awards 2022.



A Guide to the Schools Bill 2022

we have published a series of briefings which we hope will help you understand what the Bill will mean for your school or trust.


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