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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 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 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 20, 2020

Barristers call for changes to Coronavirus Bill to avoid wholesale removal of duties to provide adult social care

Barristers from 39 Essex Chambers, 11KBW and Monckton Chambers have set out proposed amendments to the Coronavirus Bill, warning that, as it is currently drafted, the legislation is likely to have a serious negative impact on adults with care and support…
March 20, 2020

Government publishes Coronavirus Bill

The government has published the Coronavirus Bill with provisions covering areas such as the emergency registration of social workers, the suspension of most local authority social care obligations, the closure of educational institutions and the postponement…

  FEATURES AND ANALYSIS

March 27, 2020

Coronavirus emergency: local authority charges for care and support

Christine Cooper looks at the issues for local authorities around charging for care during the coronavirus outbreak.
March 27, 2020

Skype in the Court of Protection: The courts in the time of coronavirus

Nageena Khalique QC and Sophia Roper explain what it was like to take part in a trial concerning withdrawal of life sustaining treatment that was heard by Mr Justice Mostyn with five parties and at least 20 participants over Skype for Business.
March 26, 2020

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.
March 24, 2020

Enforcing the lockdown

The government is once again using s.45C of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 to impose distancing measures, writes Charles Holland, as new measures are introduced in 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

COVID-19: suspension of Care Act obligations

The new Coronavirus Bill 2020 effectively suspends most local authority social care obligations. Jonathan Auburn reports.
March 19, 2020

Covid-19: Court of Protection guidance on visiting P and hearings

The Court of Protection has issued two important pieces of guidance in the last two days, writes Jonathan Auburn.
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.

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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 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.
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 28, 2020

Refusing food, (in)capacity and coming to court

A Court of Protection judge has made important observations about the need to distinguish between a reluctance to answer questions and an inability to do so, writes the CoP team at 39 Essex Chambers.
February 26, 2020

Home is where the hoard is

Chris Grose and Sharon McLoughlin provide some top tips for housing providers dealing with hoarding issues.
February 21, 2020

Finding the right balance with constrained resources

A recent decision is a useful reminder of the distinction between public law decisions and best interests decisions (the Court of Protection having jurisdiction over the former but not the latter) and the way in which, in practice, public law decisions may limit significantly the best interests decisions that can sensibly be made, writes the CoP team at 39 Essex Chambers.
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

Coronavirus, public health and coercive powers

The UK Coronavirus regulations contain legal powers to control a public health crisis. David Lawson looks at the key elements.
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.