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Welcome to Sharpe Edge, Sharpe Pritchard’s local government legal hub on Local Government Lawyer.

Sharpe Edge features news, views and analysis from our team of specialist local government lawyers working at the heart of the latest legal developments. Sharpe Edge platform is also the only place where local government lawyers can get e-access to two law books by our Head of Local Government Rob Hann: The Guide to Local Authority Charging and Trading Powers (‘LACAT’) and The Guide to Local Authority Companies and Partnerships (‘LACAP’).

 

                                                                                                  

About Sharpe Pritchard

Sharpe Pritchard is a firm of public law specialists, which serves a client base across the nation, comprising of local authorities, other public sector organisations and registered social landlords, as well as commercial clients and third sector organisations.

The firm advises on a wide range of public law matters, spanning electoral law, procurement, construction, infrastructure, data protection and information law, planning and dispute resolution, to name a few key specialisms.

All public sector organisations have a route to instruct Sharpe Pritchard through the various frameworks the firm is appointed to. For further information on our services, please click here.

 

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Spotlight on the Law 2021Spotlight on the Law
January 2021

During an extraordinary year, here are the views from each of the specialist teams across Sharpe Pritchard on the cases and developments over 2020 that had a significant impact on their respective practice areas, along with a look-ahead to what we may expect to see in 2021.

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Can a worker get paid for sleeping?

Some jobs such as care workers, security guards and nightwatchmen require the individual to work night shifts where they may, with the approval of their employer, sleep during some or all of the shift, but nevertheless remain on standby during that time. The Supreme Court was asked to decide how many hours such a worker should be paid for the purpose of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) which will be raised to £8.91 from April 2021 for over 23s.
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Can you decline to sponsor skilled workers under the new immigration rules?

Is there an obligation to consider resident workforce prior to employing migrants? Julie Bann and Aleksandra Wolek report.
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The Long Goodbye to the PFI

Rob Hann, Sharpe Pritchard’s Head of Local Government takes a look at the House of Common’s Public Account Committees’ recent report into the pending expiry of PFI contracts which contains some interesting recommendations….
     

Our Head of Local Government

Rob Hann PhotoshopRob Hann is Head of the Local Government team at Sharpe Pritchard. He has over 30 years in local government, having worked for several local authorities and as the ex-head of legal at 4ps/Local Partnerships for many years.

He is also the author/editor of two major guides on local authority charging and trading and local authority companies and partnerships both of which are now exclusively available through the Sharpe Edge platform in e-format.

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LACAT BookFREE download!

A Guide to Local Authority Charging and Trading Powers

Written and edited by Sharpe Pritchard’s Head of Local Government, Rob Hann,

A Guide to Local Authority Charging and Trading Powers covers:

• Updated charging powers compendium          • Commercial trading options

• Teckal ‘public to public’                                    • Localism Act

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LACAT BookAvailable to buy:

A Guide to Local Authority Companies and Partnerships

An invaluable, comprehensive toolkit for lawyers, law firms and others advising
on or participating in Local Authority Companies and Partnerships”

- Local Authority Chief Executive

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Changes to the Electronic Communications Code

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has commenced a consultation on changes to the Electronic Communications Code 2017 (the “Code”). James Nelson, Lillee Reid-Hunt and Natasha Barlow report.
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The Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill

Until last week the heat network sector in Scotland was not specifically regulated. The recent Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill seeks to rectify this by creating a regulatory framework and licencing system designed to encourage the increased use of heat networks.
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A step in the right direction

Rob Hann and Juli Lau outline Sharpe Pritchard’s response to the Government’s Green Paper on reforming the ‘outdated’ public procurement regime.
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Life on the Edge!

This week sees the launch of Sharpe Edge – the home of Sharpe Pritchard on Local Government Lawyer. We have created Sharpe Edge for local authorities who are looking for ways to help their communities rebuild and regenerate following the devasting impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
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Teckal and Beyond….

In this article Rob Hann, Sharpe Pritchard’s Head of Local Government, takes a look at what isn’t covered in the recent Green Paper on Transforming the UK’s Public Procurement rules, namely the exception contained in regulation 12 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015), commonly referred to as the Teckal exemption and asks whether Teckal is ‘fit for purpose’ in a post Brexit, post pandemic environment?
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Jurisdiction Clauses & Enforcing Adjudication Decisions

The case of Motacus Constructions Ltd v Paolo Castelli Spa [2021] EWHC 356 (TCC) confirms adjudication’s status as an interim-binding measure and reinforces its importance as a dispute resolution forum in the construction industry.
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Procurement in an Emergency – Requirements for Transparency

Public procurement has never had such a high profile as it has in recent months and most especially since the decision in Good Law Project and Others v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care ([2021] EWHC 346 (Admin)). However, in practice, has anything changed?
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Disallowed Costs, Definitions and Default

The recent case of ABC Electrification Limited v Network Infrastructure Limited [2020] EWCA Civ 1645 saw legal practitioners jousting over the definition of a solitary word – namely, “default”. In this case regarding the scope of ‘Disallowed Costs’ in a common rail industry contract, the Court of Appeal issued a stark reminder to contractors that the meaning of individual words can be the difference between millions of pounds.
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Automatic suspension and withdrawal of the decision to award

Colin Ricciardello examines a recent case where an authority sought to end an automatic contract making suspension by withdrawal of the decision to award the contract.
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Rooftop rows: What does an imposed Code agreement mean for site providers and operators?

Lillee Reid-Hunt and Christos Paphiti consider a recent Upper Tribunal decision that provides useful guidance on what site providers and telecoms operators can expect from the terms of an imposed Code agreement, especially in relation to upgrading and sharing of equipment and ballpark consideration and compensation figures.
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Curing a breach of the Public Sector Equality Duty in possession proceedings

Christian Grierson and Simon Kiely examine the impact of a High Court judge’s ruling on whether a breach of the public sector equality duty (PSED) can be cured in possession proceedings.
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Insolvency influx – the upsurge of CVAs

James Nelson examines the rise in Company Voluntary Arrangements, analyses their impact on commercial leases and explains how landlords, including public bodies and local authorities, can respond.
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