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January 16, 2018

NHS business support provider to procure £100m legal services panel

NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) is to procure a new legal services framework worth up to £100m over the length of the contract.
Jan 16, 2018

Insurance London Consortium to set up £5m legal panel

The Insurance London Consortium (ILC), which has nine local authority members, is to procure a legal services panel to handle work estimated to be worth £5m over five years.
Jan 11, 2018

Consortium with 250,000 homes under management to set up legal panel

The South East Consortium, an efficiency savings membership organisation for social housing providers, local authorities, education and health related organisations, is to procure a new legal services framework agreement.
Jan 11, 2018

South East housing association to set up £5.2m legal services framework

A leading housing association in London and the South East is to set up a legal services framework agreement worth an estimated £5.2m.
Jan 09, 2018

Caselines and Iken unveil integration initiative for sending evidence documents

Technology firms CaseLines and Iken have unveiled a joint initiative to deliver integration that will allow Iken clients to send evidence documents directly to CaseLines Digital Courtroom technology.
Jan 08, 2018

Government issues policy note on procurement and data protection changes

The Crown Commercial Service has published a policy note (PPN) on the impact on procurement of changes to data protection legislation and the General Data Protection Regulation.
Jan 08, 2018

Scottish housing association names three firms to legal services framework

A Scottish housing association has named three law firms to a legal services framework agreement.
Jan 05, 2018

Leader urges police to use Vagrancy Act 1824 ahead of Royal Wedding

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Jan 05, 2018

New regulator for higher education comes into force

A new regulator for higher education, The Office for Students (OfS), has legally come into force from the beginning of this month.
Jan 04, 2018

Court of Appeal judge refuses permission for challenge to casino decision

A legal challenge to the decision of Southampton City Council to grant a large casino licence has failed at the final hurdle, with a Court of Appeal judge refusing to grant the claimant permission to appeal.
Jan 03, 2018

Labour leader reports all 19 Tory councillors to monitoring officer in planning leak row

The Labour Leader of Basildon Council has reported all 19 members of the Conservative Group to the council’s monitoring officer amid claims of a leak to a journalist of planning committee documents.
Jan 03, 2018

Council urges Javid not to adopt Future Dorset plan, agrees budget for legal advice

Councillors at Christchurch Borough Council have agreed to write to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, to set out their vision of an alternative to the proposed Future Dorset shake-up.
Jan 02, 2018

Tenant management organisation hands back housing to Kensington & Chelsea

The Board of the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) last month unanimously agreed to hand back management of housing to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the latest move in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Jan 02, 2018

Research finds low take-up by councils of empty dwelling management orders

Only one in 13 councils in England and Wales have made use of empty dwelling management orders (EMDOs) in the last five years, research by the Liberal Democrats has found.
Jan 02, 2018

City council refused permission to appeal in equal pay litigation

The Court of Session in Scotland has refused Glasgow City Council permission to appeal against an equal pay ruling affecting thousands of the local authority’s staff.
Jan 02, 2018

Rules on properties requiring HMO licence to be strengthened from April

Landlords renting properties in England occupied by five or more people, from two or more separate households, will need to hold a house of multiple occupation (HMO) licence from April 2018, Housing Minister Alok Sharma has announced.
Jan 02, 2018

Department for Education legal director awarded OBE

The Legal Director for the Department for Education was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List.
Dec 29, 2017

Home Office consults on rules to prevent ‘boomerang bosses’ in fire services

The Government is to consult on new rules which it says will crack down on the employment of ‘boomerang bosses’ in England’s fire and rescue services.
Dec 29, 2017

Revised guidance tells councils to use PSPOs only for genuinely anti-social behaviour

The Home Office has issued revised statutory guidance for the police and councils on the use of powers in the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, saying the changes would make sure these tools are used only to tackle behaviour which is genuinely anti-social.
Dec 29, 2017

Councils lose High Court challenge over hospital services downgrade

A High Court judge has dismissed a legal challenge led by Cherwell District over plans to downgrade services at Banbury’s Horton General Hospital amid claims of a flawed consultation process.

Housing group names 13 firms to £200m legal services framework

Hyde Housing Association has named 13 law firms to a legal services framework worth up to an estimated £200m.

The association has divided the framework into the following lots:

  • Lot 1: Governance, Corporate, Regulatory and Statutory Advice
  • Lot 2: Treasury and finance
  • Lot 3: Securitisation
  • Lot 4a: Housing management
  • Lot 4b: Home ownership and asset management
  • Lot 5a: Property legal services
  • Lot 5b: Development and construction
  • Lot 5c: Commercial and property litigation
  • Lot 6: Employment, TUPE and pensions
  • Lot 7: Contracts, commercial, procurement, health and safety

The successful firms were:

  • Anthony Collins Solicitors (Lots 4b, 5a, 7)
  • Batchelors (4a, 5a, 5b, 5c)
  • Bevan Brittan (5a, 5b, 6)
  • Capsticks (1, 3, 4a, 4b, 5b, 5c, 6, 7)
  • Clarke Willmott (3, 4a, 5a, 5b, 5c, 7)
  • Devonshires (1, 2, 3, 4a, 5a, 5b, 7)
  • Lewis Silkin (5b)
  • Pinsent Masons (5b)
  • Sharratts (5a, 5b)
  • TLT (5a, 5b)
  • Trowers & Hamlins (1, 2, 3, 4a, 5a, 5b, 5c, 6, 7)
  • Walker Morris (4b)
  • Winckworth Sherwood (1, 5a, 5b)

The framework will be made available for social housing providers including registered providers, local authorities and ALMOs.

Hyde Group has around 50,000 homes in management in London and the South East of England.

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