London borough High Court claim against PFI contractor over alleged fire safety failings ends in £19m settlement

Camden Council has received £19m in settlement of a High Court claim against a contractor who previously had responsibility for a council housing estate under a private finance initiative agreement (PFI) with the local authority. Read more

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June 24, 2022

Environment Agency prosecution secures £1.5m fine against makers of Cathedral City cheese for pollution offences

A Cornwall creamery behind cheese brands such as Cathedral City has been fined £1.5m - the largest fine ever awarded for an Environment Agency (EA) conviction in the South West.
June 24, 2022

Kent council aiming to appoint legal services provider to £2.1m, seven-year contract to advise on ‘garden town’ development

A district council in Kent is to appoint a legal services provider to a contract worth up to £2.1m to advise on the development of a locally-led "garden town".
June 24, 2022

Equalities watchdog looks to hire legal services provider to advise on employment law

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is seeking a supplier capable of providing a "high quality and cost effective" service advising on employment law.
June 24, 2022

Court dismisses application by council for injunction in London square over PSED breach

An interim injunction prohibiting people from congregating in a Westminster square has been discharged after the Central London Court found it was obtained unlawfully as Westminster City Council had failed to have due regard to its equalities duties.
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June 24, 2022

The Procurement Bill Explained

Join experienced procurement experts Kieran McGaughey and Andrew Millross for this on demand webinar as they outline the changes outlined in the Procurement Bill and how they might work in practice for contracting authorities.
June 24, 2022

Nitrogen Credits Commentary

Emily Knowles, Bernadette Hillman and Steve Gummer discuss the impact of nitrate on planning permission and development in the UK.
June 24, 2022

Caravans sites: fit and proper persons

In 2020 Parliament provided for a register of fit and proper persons to manage residential caravan sites. In the first case to come before the First Tier Tribunal under the legislation, the Tribunal has upheld the refusal by Arun District Council to register five companies as fit and proper persons, writes Philip Kolvin QC.
June 24, 2022

Public Procurement: Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

Peter Ware sets out some of the things about the Procurement Bill which have occurred to him as being worthy of further thought and consideration, and a few things where he suspects further amendment might be needed.
June 24, 2022

Section 106 planning restrictions on “Car-Free” development

Ben Garbett examines current issues in relation to section 106 agreements and "car-free" development.
June 24, 2022

Land Value Capture Via CPO

Simon Ricketts examines the Government's proposed reforms in relation to compensation following compulsory purchase.
June 24, 2022

Open frameworks – mind the doors!

Steve Brunning provides some initial reflections on what the Procurement Bill 2022/23 has to say about open frameworks. As with other sections of the Bill, the drafting is somewhat convoluted and not altogether clear, he argues.
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The Procurement Bill Explained

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Local Authority Insight Series: A balancing act – Public Sector employment post - Covid

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EPA Disrepair: Proving the Elements of an EPA Offence

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June 24, 2022

Failure to make reasonable adjustments to dismissal procedures

If an employer fails to make a reasonable adjustment to its dismissal procedure, in breach of section 20 of the Equality Act 2010, does this necessarily mean that the employer has acted “unreasonably” for the purposes of unfair dismissal? This was the question before the Employment Appeal Tribunal, which answered with an emphatic no, writes Oliver Hirsch.
June 24, 2022

The Electronic Communications Code and removal of apparatus

In a case brought by a local authority, the Upper Tribunal has ordered the removal of telecoms apparatus for the first time. Jonathan Wills explains why.
June 17, 2022

Thurrock Council & Another v Adams & Ors [2022] EWHC 1324 (QB)

William Rose, Partner at Sharpe Pritchard LLP, has successfully acted for Thurrock Council and Essex County Council in obtaining a ‘first of its kind’ injunction against individuals connected with the protest group Just Stop Oil.
June 17, 2022

Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund: Five ways to prepare for Wave 2

Rubianka Winspear and Stuart Brown consider the steps landlords can take to prepare for Wave 2 of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund.
June 17, 2022

Real estate and ethical data use

Is consent the hallmark of ethical data use in a real estate context? Read the RED (Real Estate Data) Foundation discussion paper.
June 17, 2022

Time to introduce menstrual leave?

Menstrual leave – a (period) pain for employers or a positive step to keep people who menstruate in the workplace? Emily Addai looks at the benefits and the challenges.
June 17, 2022

Call-In: Article 31 Directions

Article 31 Directions are likely to be more common, writes Simon Ricketts.
June 17, 2022

Key updates to the Model Services Contract version 2.0

The UK Government's Model Services Contract ("MSC") for complex and high risk services contracts (i.e. those over £20m) has just been updated. Lawyers at DWF comment on some of the key changes and what that means in practice.
June 17, 2022

Changes to the statutory framework for local government in Wales

The Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021 (“the Act”) establishes a new and reformed legislative framework for Welsh local government elections, democracy, governance and performance. Victoria Searle sets out the key elements.
June 17, 2022

Driving regeneration

Public and private sector collaboration is key to driving regeneration and economic growth, write Dan Hargreaves and Kirsty Black.
June 14, 2022

Commercial land development, contractual provisions and penalties

A claimant has succeeded in a High Court claim in restitution relating to commercial land development in Widnes on the ground that the contractual provision in question, which required payment of £240,000 to a council, was unenforceable as a penalty. David Nicholls explains why.
June 10, 2022

Recent developments in the placement of looked after English children in Scotland.

Justin Gray considers the current law on the placement of looked after English children in Scotland, in particular in cases where the child comes to live there permanently.
June 10, 2022

Service charges in the cost of living crisis

Doug Rhodes looks at the issues landlords face when seeking to increase service charges.
June 10, 2022

Regenerating the high street

Local authorities will be given rights to let vacant high street premises under new powers contained in the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill. Michael Callaghan looks at the detail of the proposals.
June 10, 2022

COVID-19 and return-to-work refusers

Adele Shortman analyses the first significant COVID dismissal case to be heard in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
June 10, 2022

ICO fines “World’s largest facial network”

The Information Commissioner’s Office has issued a Monetary Penalty Notice of £7,552,800 to Clearview AI Inc for breaches of the UK GDPR. Ibrahim Hasan looks at the background to the case.
June 09, 2022

The Adjudication Part 3: The Response and Further Submissions 9 June 2022

David Owens and James Goldthorpe look at the responding party's response and further submissions during adjudication.
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