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COVID-19 for local authorities

16 April 2020

A number of key members of the team will be providing an update on current issues arising in relation to the pandemic and its effect on local authorities.

Procurement and commercial

Anja Beriro will be discussing: impact on current or pipeline tenders, using Regulation 32 for urgent contracts and using Regulation 72 to vary or extend current contracts to fill gaps caused by pausing a tender. On a commercial level she will be looking at PPN 02/2020 how to deal with ‘at risk’ suppliers while protecting the local authority’s interest and how to plan for longer term impact of losing suppliers.

Social care

Cynthia Watts will be covering hospital discharge arrangements under the coronavirus guidance, care obligations under the Act and safeguarding and risk considerations.


Thomas Howard will be looking at how landlords should respond to commercial tenants in difficulty before considering the legal position where development and construction projects are delayed by Covid-19.


Richard Barlow will be covering virtual meetings for local authorities including Section 78 Coronavirus Act 2020, The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 and what can be done without new legislation? The execution of documents including: Contract or Deed and formalities and execution, the appointment of attorneys, Digital Execution and Constitution Revisions. We also briefly talk about education appeals.

Regulatory and Enforcement

Andrew Hopkin will be discussing premises closures and restrictions under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations. In particular looking at local authority powers, proportionate enforcement, safety of staff and practical steps to take in relation to the new regulations. He will also be discussing how to manage your existing and future enforcement cases looking at how the courts are dealing with matters, priorities, government guidance and practical advice for the EHOs.

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our speakers

Anja Beriro

Anja Beriro


Anja Beriro specialises in local authority law, public sector procurements, commercial agreements, projects and shared services; clients: local authority and private sector bodies.

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Richard Barlow

Richard Barlow


Richard specialises in administrative, local authority liability and environmental law; experienced in countryside and environmental litigation.

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Andy Hopkin

Andrew Hopkin


Andrew Hopkin specialises in regulatory and health and safety law; advisor and advocate in criminal prosecutions, planning inquiries and inquests for public and private bodies.

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The opinions expressed on this video are provided for the purposes of general interest and information and should not be relied upon. They contain only summaries of aspects of the subject matter at the time of publishing and do not provide comprehensive statements of the law. They do not constitute legal advice and do not provide a substitute for it. So why not talk to us and seek advice that's tailored to you? You can look up one of our experts on this website or call on 0370 270 6000.

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