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Legal update

13 January 2021 Ceasing discretionary functions and powers – some key issues for public bodies to consider

The key legal questions for public bodies to consider before deciding to cease exercising a discretionary power due to limited resources or other reasons.

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Children's social care mini forum

Catch up on our annual children’s social care forum in abbreviated form a little early this year.

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Legal update

12 November 2020 Robust decision-making - how to reduce the scope for an irrationality challenge

Public bodies must understand the scope of ‘irrational’ or ‘unreasonable’ challenges so that proactive steps can be taken to reduce the likelihood of successful judicial intervention.

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Legal update

9 October 2020 The importance of evidence when it comes justifying indirect discrimination

The High Court decision of R (Cornerstone (North East) Adoption and Fostering Service Ltd) v The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills highlight the critical role that evidence plays in the Court’s assessment.

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Legal update

27 April 2020 Social Care Easements under the Coronavirus Act

This update draws together elements of the Coronavirus Act relating to the Care Act 2014, the associated guidance, the recent Action Plan for Adult social care, and guidance on direct payments to provide an outline of the approach being adopted in relation to to adult social care, including amendments to legal duties, operational decisions as to reducing service levels, and funding.

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COVID-19 for local authorities

We are pleased to share you to our Covid-19 webinar, where 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.

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Legal update

15 April 2020 Covid-19 employment health and care - 9 April 2020

Following our last update here is a summary of this week’s key developments taking a look at personal protective equipment, regulatory guidance, visa applicants, internal redeployments, workforce sharing agreements, employment tribunal hearings, DBS checks and right to work, furloughed employees and the job retention scheme.

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Legal update

3 April 2020 Vicarious liability - when is the role of an Independent Contractor sufficiently “akin to employment”

The beginning of Spring 2020 saw the Supreme Court give judgment in two important cases concerning the principle of vicarious liability.

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Legal update

25 March 2020 Coronavirus – guidance to social care and schools on vulnerable children and young people

With Covid-19 expected to place a substantial burden on statutory services and school closures being put into effect, the Government has now issued guidance on continued protection of this group.

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Legal update

25 March 2020 Safeguarding in uncertain times – do not forget the record keeping

There is so much understandable focus on the pressures NHS frontline workers face today that it is easy to forget what enormous challenges safeguarding teams and their managers also have to address.

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