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Legal update

17 January 2020 FOIA and data protection: the difficult balancing exercise for public authorities when a request is made for third party personal data

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘FOIA’) allows members of the public to request information from public bodies. As guidance issued by the Information Commissioner explains, the main principle behind FOIA is that people have a right to know about the activities of public authorities, unless there is a good reason for them not to.

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17 January 2020 State aid in loans to wholly owned subsidiaries

State aid is a key concern for public bodies establishing and funding commercial entities, whether wholly or jointly owned.

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Legal update

14 January 2020 A claimant’s Part 36 offer – just beat it

In the recent case of Hochtief (UK) Construction Limited, Volkerfitzpatrick Limited v Atkins Limited [2019] EWHC 3028 (TCC), the claimant made a Part 36 offer to settle of £875,000 early on in the dispute.

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8 January 2020 A tale of a whistleblower and two hats….

The Court of Appeal has handed down its decision in the case of Tiplady v City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, considering for the first time whether alleged detriments against whistleblowers have to be suffered in their capacity as employees (or workers) rather than in any other personal capacity.

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3 January 2020 Great Dunmow Estates Ltd v Crest Nicholson Operations Ltd and others [2019] EWCA Civ 1683

An expert appointed to determine market value did not have jurisdiction to determine the correct valuation date under an agreement.

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3 January 2020 Sequent Nominees Ltd (formerly Rotrust Nominees Ltd) v Hautford Ltd [2019] UKSC 47

A landlord did not act unreasonably by withholding consent to a tenant’s request to make a planning application because of the increased risk of enfranchisement.

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Legal update

23 December 2019 The Queen’s speech - the mark of a new Parliament

The Queen’s speech is a long standing tradition to mark the start of the parliamentary year which forms part of the State Opening of Parliament ceremony which can be dated back to 1523. The most recent Queen’s speech was given on 19th December and it outlines the laws that Parliament aims to deliver.

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Poole Borough Council -v- GN [2019] UKSC 25 – What does this mean for my organisation?

Six months on from the Supreme Court decision in the Poole Borough Council -v- GN case we look at emerging behaviours in response to this key decision, and its impact on agencies involved in child protection, including health, police, social care and education.

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17 December 2019 Bridging the local government gap: five years on for devolution

Public bodies are continuing to seek creative ways of improving efficiency and finding savings for the public purse.

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