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Why insisting on flexible hours could discriminate against women

Two recent cases from the Employment Appeal Tribunal illustrate some potential pitfalls when women with childcare responsibilities are asked to move away from fixed working hours, writes Charles Pigott. Read more
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July 22, 2021

Information on selection of academy trust to run schools should be disclosed, tribunal judge finds

Hertfordshire County Council was wrong to withhold information on how an academy trust was chosen to provide schools in Bishop's Stortford and the Information Commissioner had been wrong to agree with the council’s arguments.
July 21, 2021

Powers for judges to modify quashing orders among key measures as Judicial Review and Courts Bill introduced

The Judicial Review and Courts Bill has been introduced to Parliament today (21 July), with the Government claiming it would “equip judges with the tools to give more tailored solutions in judicial review cases”.
July 20, 2021

Ombudsman criticises council after poor practice led to disabled boy missing out on education and support

A boy missed out on suitable schooling and support because his disabilities did not meet West Sussex County Council's criteria for an assessment, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has reported.
July 05, 2021

Supreme Court to hear next week key case on capacity to have sexual relations

The Supreme Court will next week (15 July) hear a case over whether, to have capacity to decide to have sexual relations with another person, a person needs to understand that the other person must have the capacity to consent to the sexual activity and must…

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July 22, 2021

Transparency in regulated procurements

A county council has recently defended a waste company’s application for summary judgment in a procurement dispute. Joseph Barrett explains how.
July 15, 2021

Publication to Contracts Finder

Jenny Beresford-Jones examines the recent procurement policy note (PPN 07/21) on publication of information to Contracts Finder.
July 08, 2021

Good faith in commercial agreements

The following Commercial practice note from LexisNexis examines the concept of good faith and the extent to which it is applied in commercial agreements.
July 01, 2021

Gender-critical views are a protected "philosophical belief" under the Equality Act 2010

Jane Fielding and Connie Cliff consider what a recent high-profile ruling on gender-critical views means in practice.
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June 29, 2021

New tenders must be published on ‘Find a Tender’ website first: Cabinet Office

The Cabinet Office has updated its Legal and Policy requirements for publishing procurement information, replacing references to the OJEU and TED with the UK government's new Find a Tender Service (FTS) following the end of the Brexit transition period.
June 24, 2021

New guidance on special severance payments

The Treasury has issued new guidance which relates to 'Special Severance Payments' (SSPs) made by public sector employers to their employees, setting out the criteria that should be considered and steps to take to obtain Treasury approval. Mark Stevens reports.
June 17, 2021

An education in selling school land

It isn’t often that the senior courts pronounce on the School Sites Acts, so a recent Supreme Court judgment is welcome, writes David Peachey.
May 28, 2021

Introduction to public contracts procurement

The following LexisNexis Local Government practice note, produced in partnership with Katherine Calder of DAC Beachcroft, provides comprehensive and up to date legal information providing an introduction to public contracts procurement.

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May 20, 2021

GDPR news roundup

So much has happened in the world of data protection recently, writes Ibrahim Hasan. Where to start?
May 13, 2021

Applications for review in Special Educational Needs Cases

What constitutes a change in “circumstances relevant to the decision”? Holly Littlewood considers the practical implications of a recent Upper Tribunal ruling.
May 13, 2021

The countdown to PFI handover – what’s your seven-year plan?

A report from the National Audit Office (NAO), “Managing PFI assets and services as contracts end”, recommended that preparations for the handover of expiring private finance initiative (PFI) contracts should start seven years in advance of contract expiry. Martin Cannon considers key actions for public authorities in managing the PFI handover process.
April 29, 2021

TUPE: Splitting employees’ contracts after a service provision change

In a case which leaves practical difficulties, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has confirmed that employees’ contracts can be split between multiple transferees on a service provision change, write Zoë Wigan, Hilary Larter and Ceri Fuller.
April 22, 2021

Lessons from Bechtel v HS2

A recent Technology and Construction Court ruling relating to HS2 procurement addressed a wide range of important issues, write Emily Heard and Victoria Croshaw.
April 15, 2021

Education tracker

This Local Government practice note from LexisNexis provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering key upcoming developments of interest to Education lawyers from early years foundation stage (EFYS) to further and higher education.
April 15, 2021

After school clubs and duty of care

Nicholas Thorne analyses a judge's rejection of a claim for injury arising out of the warm-up session at an after school club.
April 08, 2021

Vulnerable persons - participation and evidence in family proceedings

The following Family practice note from LexisNexis provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering the participation of vulnerable people and evidence in family proceedings.
March 26, 2021

Transformation? Or transparency gone too far?

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