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Legal update

9 April 2020 Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) guidance note on private finance initiative (PFI) and private finance 2 (PF2) projects

Major parts of the infrastructure in the UK are currently managed under PFI contracts and their contribution to public service delivery is substantial. In the context of the Covid 19 crisis, therefore, their continuing role is of critical importance to essential services.

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9 April 2020 Litigation during COVID-19

In these unprecedented times we have seen a significant shift in the conduct of civil litigation over a very short space of time.

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Legal update

8 April 2020 Data protection and Coronavirus

The ICO has recently released updated guidance for businesses who are grappling with concerns around data protection compliance during the ongoing Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic

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7 April 2020 Bate and another v Affinity Water Ltd [2019] EWHC 3425

Extrinsic evidence can be used to identify the dominant tenement in a deed of easement and a water company’s whole undertaking can constitute that dominant tenement.

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6 April 2020 Covid-19 and local authority enforcement

On the 26 March 2020, the Health Secretary made and brought into force The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020, which on their face impose quite extraordinary restrictions on freedom of movement backed by increased powers of arrest and prosecution.

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6 April 2020 The impact of the Covid-19 distancing measures on right to work checks

In unprecedented times of self-isolation and social distancing, the Home Office has now published new UK immigration guidance on right to work checks to adjust the rules on manual checking of original documentation and adapt to the new situation.

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6 April 2020 Health and safety in the workplace

The Government guidance is clear that as a result of the coronavirus, anyone who can work from home should do so, but there are plenty of jobs that cannot be undertaken from home raising concerns over the enforcement of the 2-meter distance rule in some workplaces, or the availability of items such as hand sanitiser or protective equipment.

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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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3 April 2020 Vicarious liability for employers: mere opportunity does not in itself confer liability

On 1 April 2020 the Supreme Court gave judgment in WM Morrison Supermarkets v Various Claimants.

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