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Data protection and coronavirus

The Information Commissioner's Office has issued guidance for data controllers on their data protection compliance obligations during the coronavirus outbreak. Euros Jones, Alexander Gorst and Natasha Jordan look at the key points. Read more
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March 27, 2020

Public law specialist Broach moves to 39 Essex Chambers

Leading public law junior Steve Broach has joined 39 Essex Chambers with immediate effect.
March 26, 2020

Coronavirus Act 2020 receives Royal Assent

The Coronavirus Act 2020, which contains a wide range of emergency measures as part of the government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, has been given Royal Assent.
March 26, 2020

Ombudsman suspends complaints enquiries of councils and care providers

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has suspended all casework activity that demands information from, or action by, local authorities and care providers, in light of the current coronavirus outbreak.
March 23, 2020

Judiciary issue protocol on conduct of remote hearings in civil justice

The judiciary have published a protocol on the conduct of remote hearings in civil justice in England and Wales.


March 23, 2020

COVID-19 and new State aid exemptions

The European Commission has adopted new State aid exemptions to allow Governments to alleviate the economic impact of COVID-19. Jonathan Branton and Alexander Rose analyse the provisions.
March 19, 2020

COVID19 and delivering the provision in EHC plans

Jonathan Auburn looks at the major challenges local authorities and schools face in continuing to deliver education to children with Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans, as directed by the government.
March 18, 2020

Coronavirus - contracts, force majeure and frustration

Paula Dumbill analyses the issues around force majeure provisions and the common law doctrine of frustration.
March 18, 2020

Public decision-taking during coronavirus restrictions

Richard Barlow looks at how public bodies might continue to maintain functioning democratic decision-taking at a time when large gatherings are discouraged and social isolation is recommended for public health.
March 18, 2020

Procurement and Coronavirus

Procurement schedules are at risk of delay as a result of coronavirus, but provisions under the Public Contract Regulations 2015 (the PCR) can help. Jennifer Grigg highlights a number of "safe harbours" for contracting authorities offered by the PCR.
March 13, 2020

Credit where credit’s due

Doug Mullen and Alice Kinder look at changes to the rules on Local Government Pension Scheme exit credits.
March 06, 2020

Discrimination claims, PCPs and one-off acts

Can a one-off act qualify as a provision, criterion or practice for discrimination claims? Nadjia Zychowicz examines a recent Court of Appeal ruling.
March 06, 2020

Contracting authorities co-operating together

An Advocate General’s opinion has provided guidance on the circumstances in which contracting authorities can co-operate with other contracting authorities without needing to procure the arrangement. Richard Moore, Rebecca Powell and David Stedman analyse the findings.

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March 06, 2020

Not only inimical… but potentially fatal: medical treatment cases and delay

A recent case shows how important it is that doctors and other professionals are supported within their organisations to understand the points at which they need to consider an application to the Court of Protection, writes the CoP team at 39 Essex Chambers.
March 06, 2020

Access all areas: public sector websites

Eve Piffaretti looks at how to ensure public sector websites and mobile apps are accessible by residents.
February 21, 2020

Banning parents’ access to school premises

Michael Brotherton looks at the action schools should take when considering banning parents from their premises.
February 21, 2020

Placing young people in unregulated accommodation

Local authorities face potential claims for damages where young people have been placed in unregulated accommodation and suffered exploitation. Cynthia Watts sets out how they can minimise the risk.
February 21, 2020

Sexual harassment and harassment at work – EHRC’s technical guidance

Ingrid Mcghee examines the new guidance released by the Equality and Human Rights Commission on sexual harassment and harassment in the workplace.
February 21, 2020

Persuading a judge to strike the claim out

Francesca O’Neill looks at the lessons to be learned from two recent cases where defective service of the Claim Form or the Particulars of Claim led to a judge striking out the claims.
February 14, 2020

Employees and child protection issues

The Employment Appeal Tribunal recently considered whether a probation service officer who failed to disclose a child protection issue was fairly dismissed. Ceri Fuller, Zoë Wigan and Hilary Larter analyse the outcome.
January 31, 2020

Allocation of risk in construction contracts

Rachel Murray-Smith and Oliver Slater look at the importance when entering construction contracts of the parties reflecting the allocation of risk.
January 24, 2020

Climate emergency #6: have you thought about Procurement?

Phil Roberts and Matthew Mo set out how public procurement can play a role in tackling climate change.
January 24, 2020

Schools please note - annual reviews

Good preparation is key to the successful delivery of annual reviews of EHC Plans, writes Hayley Mason.
January 24, 2020

Public procurement challenges require strict and swift approach

Gwendoline Davies and Lynsey Oakdene offer practical advice arising from a High Court decision in a recent public procurement challenge.
January 10, 2020

Remedies in First-tier Tribunal discrimination claims

A recent Upper Tribunal decision has potentially far-reaching implications for schools considering excluding pupils with disabilities, write Tom Amraoui and Rachel Sullivan.