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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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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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27 April 2016 Publishing compliance data on payment of invoices

Crown Commercial Service has issued a Procurement Policy Note (03/16) on the publication of payment performance statistics (the Note) under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR).

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22 April 2016 The realities of austerity and devolution

Our latest report on the devolution debate, Devolution – managing the risks, highlights the key thoughts and views that emerged at our roundtable and highlights a series of recommendations for further consideration by stakeholders on managing the risks associated with this issue.

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23 October 2015 Public matters newsletter - October 2015

In this month's edition the team look at: procurement – two Advocate General opinions on third party reliance and the 'living wage'

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7 October 2015 Increase in custodial sentences for fire safety offences

On 24 September 2015, Ishaq Hussein was sentenced to four months’ immediate imprisonment at Reading Crown Court for a number of breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

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21 September 2015 Public matters newsletter - September 2015

In this month's edition the team look at: public authority decisions and the broad corrective principle; Public Contracts Regulations 2015 - changes to help businesses and apprentices; property search enquiries - are your records up to date; defamation claims: a narrowing scope; redeployment pools and agency workers; local authority trading companies - avoiding the wrongful trading trap.

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12 August 2015 Public matters newsletter - August 2015

In this month's edition the team look at: a case of evaluation gone wrong – lessons learned from assessment of tenders; devolution - the game changer? A look at the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill 2015; the cost case to end all cost cases - or was it! Coventry and other v Lawrence and others;new procurement guidance for EU grant recipients;changing a cost budget: it's not that easy; a look at the Trade Union Bill - consultation.

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16 July 2015 Public matters newsletter - July 2015

In this month's edition the team look at: employee removal requests and assignment on TUPE transfers

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12 May 2015 Public matters newsletter - May 2015

In this month's edition we look at: mutualisation - a case study on the establishment of a new mutual company owned by an employee ownership trust; procurement - transparency and technical specifications – how guidance from a recent ECJ judgment may help ensure compliance with EU treaty principles; state aid - does it really affect trade between member states; public rights of way - the potential impact of a recent Planning Court decision on public rights of way applications; employment law - collective consultation, the meaning of ‘establishment’ and the implications of the Woolworths case; public sector prosecutions – how the potential impact of new draft sentencing guidelines may impact upon the role of prosecutors in criminal courts; Election 2015 - implications of the Conservative Manifesto.

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