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Transformation? Or transparency gone too far?

Kieran McGaughey provides a local authority view on the transparency obligations contained in the procurement Green Paper. Read more
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  NEWS

March 31, 2021

Deprivation of liberty and writs of habeas corpus

The Court of Protection has court found that if a local authority does not apply for an order under the inherent jurisdiction, a parent can challenge the deprivation of liberty of their child in a specialist school by bringing a writ of habeas corpus. Joshua…
March 31, 2021

Upper Tribunal judge rules online hearing of EHC Plan case not unfair to visually impaired litigants

A hearing held online involving visually impaired litigants was not unfair – or if there was any such unfairness, it made no material difference, the Upper Tribunal Administrative Appeals Chamber has found.
March 30, 2021

Ex-local authority lawyer joins Public Law team at Spire Barristers

Former local authority lawyer Holly Littlewood has joined the Public Law team at Spire Barristers.
March 26, 2021

Supreme Court refuses permission to appeal in dispute over cut by London borough to element of SEND provision

The Supreme Court has refused permission to appeal over the Court of Appeal’s rejection of a claim that a 5% reduction in one element of a London borough’s SEND provision was unlawful because the council was in breach of a duty to consult under s.27 of the…

  FEATURES AND ANALYSIS

March 26, 2021

The procurement Green Paper and selection of tenderers

Andrew Millross examines the proposals in relation to the selection (prequalification) of tenderers contained in the Green Paper: Transforming Public Procurement.
March 19, 2021

Brexit - key legislation explained

The following Public Law practice note produced in partnership with Dr. Kieran Laird of Gowling WLG provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering the key legislation governing Brexit.
March 19, 2021

From 'MEAT' to 'MAT'

Andrew Millross examines a proposal in the Green Paper: Transforming public procurement to change the basis of contract awards from “most economically advantageous tender” (MEAT) to “most advantageous tender” (MAT).
March 08, 2021

Covid testing in schools and data protection

Neil Murphy examines the data protection issues that arise with the return to school and the prospect of on-site tests for Covid.
February 26, 2021

‘Failure to remove’ claims – the decision in HXA v Surrey County Council

Paul Stagg analyses an important decision this month on 'failure to remove' claims and also summarises the other case law to date, before looking at pending cases and the likely way forward to the higher courts.
February 26, 2021

New Statutory Guidance on Data Sharing

John Fitzsimons looks at the key points for data controllers arising out of the Information Commissioner's new Data Sharing Code of Practice and identifies some surprising omissions.
February 19, 2021

The COVID-19 vaccine and employees

Can employers require employees to be vaccinated? Joanne Bell and Louise Bloomfield consider some o the legal issues.
February 19, 2021

Procurement in an Emergency

The Cabinet Office has published its first Procurement Policy Note (PPN) of 2021 – PPN 01/21: Procurement in an Emergency. Fran Mussellwhite analyses what it says.

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February 05, 2021

Limitation in post-Covid procurement claims: What authorities and operators need to know

Following a recent High Court case which focused on limitation and communication issues in the post-Covid homeworking context, Gwendoline Davies and Lynsey Oakdene emphasise the importance of acting clearly and quickly when it comes to any potential procurement challenge.
February 05, 2021

Responsibility for pupil attacks on teachers and assistants

A council’s successful appeal in a case where a teaching assistant was attacked by a pupil is a reminder that a failure in a written risk assessment is not fatal - causation is key, writes Leah Jones.
January 22, 2021

School uniform policies and Indirect Discrimination under the Equality Act 2010

Khatija Hafesji looks at the legal action threatened against Muslim parents in relation to their daughter’s breach of school uniform policy.
January 15, 2021

Changing safeguards for children in care: the Article 39 case

David Gregory looks at a powerful recent Court of Appeal judgment on the consultation undertaken by the Government on changes to the delivery of children's services during the pandemic.
January 13, 2021

PPN 11/20 and reserving contracts for local suppliers - a sting in the tail for local authorities

Local authorities should be wary of reserving contracts for local suppliers, as recommended by a recent Procurement Policy Note, writes Andrew Millross. Other contracting authorities may want to maximise their use of this guidance.
January 04, 2021

NAHT calls for school closures: the right to education during the second wave of Covid-19

Khatija Hafesji considers the Department for Education’s latest school closure and mass testing decisions and their implications for the right to education.
December 23, 2020

Procurement claims: practical insights on summary judgment and the automatic statutory suspension

Lynsey Oakdene sets out the lessons to be learned for contracting authorities and bidders from a recent procurement case concerning the award of a contract to provide an automatic number plate recognition system.
December 18, 2020

Education tracker

This Lexis®PSL Local Government future developments tracker is intended to be used to track key upcoming developments of interest to education lawyers covering the entire spectrum of education from early years foundation stage (EFYS) to further and higher education.
December 16, 2020

Government proposals for procurement reform

Peter Ware discusses some of the key highlights from the Green Paper on procurement reform including a re-scoping of the underlying principles of public procurement, a streamlining of the recognised procurement procedures, and some potentially controversial proposals in relation to remedies.
December 11, 2020

Can you legally record video meetings?

Whilst video-conferencing via Zoom or Teams etc has allowed us to carry out our business relatively uninterrupted, they have also presented organisations with a new set of privacy considerations to take into account, writes Bronwen Jones.
December 11, 2020

Payment approaches in major government contracts

Jenny Beresford-Jones examines a new procurement policy note on evaluating payment approaches in the procurement of major government contracts.
December 04, 2020

Refusing an offer of accommodation

A London borough has succeeded in the Court of Appeal on the issue of what constitutes a refusal under s.193(7) of the Housing Act 1996. Michael Mullin and Elizabeth England explain why.