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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. Read more
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  NEWS

February 05, 2021

Government issues policy note on procurements in an emergency, warns on commercial risks of direct awards without competition

The Cabinet Office has issued a procurement policy note (PPN) reminding contracting authorities of the options available to them when undertaking procurements in an emergency.
February 04, 2021

Borough and county councils in row over restrictive covenant and proposed student housing scheme

The threat of a legal dispute between Colchester Borough Council and Essex County Council has emerged over a proposed development for the site of the town’s former bus station.
February 04, 2021

Home-schooling parents crowd fund judicial review challenge against city council

A group of parents who permanently educate their children at home has raised £4,700 to try to take Portsmouth City Council to judicial review.
January 12, 2021

Government facing legal challenge over speed of provision of devices to disadvantaged children for education at home

The Good Law Project has launched judicial review proceedings over what it says is the Government’s failure to ensure, “in a timely fashion”, adequate devices are provided to disadvantaged children who require them to be educated at home.

  FEATURES AND ANALYSIS

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.

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  MORE FEATURES

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.
December 04, 2020

Capacity and EHC Plans

Matthew Wyard considers an important ruling for local authority education departments on how the Children and Families Act 2014 regime for over 18s and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 regime intertwine.
November 27, 2020

On good terms? Part 2

In the second of a two-part series, Kieran McGaughey completes his 10 top tips for contracting via the procurement process.
November 20, 2020

Whistleblowing: Employment tribunal time limits and the application of the ACAS code of practice

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that the ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures may apply to whistleblowing allegations. It has also held that the imposition of a new contract was a one-off act with continuing consequences, not an act extending over a period, write Zoë Wigan, Ceri Fuller and Hilary Larter.
November 13, 2020

When practical jokes go badly wrong

Is an employer vicariously liable for its employees’ practical jokes? Zoë Wigan, Ceri Fuller and Hilary Larter analyse a recent High Court judgment.
October 29, 2020

The ICO’s new subject access guidance

The Information Commissioner’s Office has published detailed guidance on how organisations should deal with subject access requests (SARs) “effectively and efficiently”. Ibrahim Hasan looks at the key points.
October 15, 2020

Getting off the hook

Parishil Patel QC and Katherine Barnes provide a guide to securing release from contractual obligations and varying public contracts in light of COVID-19. [1]
October 02, 2020

Virtual Training – why didn’t we think of it earlier!?

Member development trainer Bethan Evans relives her experiences of switching from face-to-face to online training during lockdown and looks at how they may affect the physical/virtual divide post-pandemic.
October 01, 2020

Data protection challenges of remote working

Samantha Smith looks at how organisations can handle the data protection challenges of remote working.
September 24, 2020

New equal pay guidance from the Court of Appeal

Anna Beale considers the importance of a recent Court of Appeal judgment in relation to equal pay.