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Legal update

25 February 2020 Historical child abuse and limitation – check your public liability policies

Last week the Court of Appeal handed down a decision that has significant implications for all those organisations that may face historical abuse claims.

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Legal update

19 February 2020 Public matters - February 2020

This month includes public procurement, planning, the Clean Air Bill, rent regulation, and in loco parentis in schools.

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Legal update

Local planning authorities may now agree to extend the time period for determining prior approval applications

On 31 January 2020 the High Court handed down judgment in Gluck v Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government [2020] EWHC 161 Admin

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Legal update

17 February 2020 Advocate General opinion broadens scope of the public - public procurement exemption

A recent opinion from the Advocate General in the case of Informatikgesellschaft für Software-Entwicklung (ISE) mbH v Stadt Köln (ISE Case), has appeared to widen the scenarios in which contracting authorities can look to rely on the exemption contained with Regulation 12(7) of the Public Contract Regulations 2015 (PCR).

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22 January 2020 Understanding the risk - looked after children trends and the impact on claims

Last month the government published the latest annual update on the numbers of looked after children.

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Legal update

22 January 2020 What we have learned about costs claims in child abuse cases

The Courts are slowly accepting that these cases are very much now in the mainstream of litigation, they still do have their quirks which many judges consider separate them from the pool of general personal injury litigation.

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21 January 2020 Public matters - January 2020

This month includes construction and the environment, clean air, legal privilege, dissipation of assets to avoid care home fees, state aid, Freedom of Information Act 2000, Part 36 case update.

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21 January 2020 Local authority ordered to disclose legally privileged material under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004

In the recent case of Brooksbank v Information Commissioner and another (EA/2018/0226), the First Tier Tribunal (Information Rights) (FTT(IR)) ordered a Local Authority to disclose its instructions to Queen’s Counsel to advise the Council in respect of a planning decision under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

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21 January 2020 Dissipation of assets to avoid care home fees

We have seen an increase in local authorities contacting us asking for advice about dissipation of assets in the context of care homes/nursing homes fees.

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20 January 2020 Construction and the environment: building green contracts to meet your carbon-neutral commitments

With increasing concerns surrounding a climate crisis and the need for greater environmental sustainability, several councils across the UK recently expressed a firm commitment to become carbon neutral.

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