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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

High Court gives green light for challenge to DWP consultation on development of new strategy for disabled people

The High Court has allowed four disabled individuals to bring a judicial review challenge of how the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Thérèse Coffey, conducted the consultation on a proposed new national strategy for people with disabilities.
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 19, 2021

Equalities watchdog to hold inquiry into methods of challenging decisions about adult social care

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has launched an inquiry that will consider the effectiveness of existing methods of challenging local authority decisions about individuals’ entitlements to adult social care or support in England and Wales,…
July 13, 2021

High Court judge finds claim form for PPE contract award challenge was not validly served

The High Court has thrown out a judicial review challenge over the lawfulness of a decision by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care during the pandemic to award a £102.6m contract to a company for the supply of personal protective equipment…

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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 22, 2021

GDPR fines

The Information Commissioner's Office recently issued its first GDPR fine to a charity. Ibrahim Hasan examines the watchdog's track record of enforcement.
July 15, 2021

What next for Special Severance Payments?

Recent Government guidance on Special Severance Payments goes further than before, writes Kerren Daly.
July 15, 2021

Reporting restrictions in end of life cases

Rosalind English analyses an important High Court ruling on anonymity for treating clinicians in 'end of life' cases.
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 07, 2021

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021: What does it mean for social housing providers?

The Domestic Abuse Act (“DAA”) received royal assent on 29 April 2021 following a much-delayed journey through Parliament. The Act will have important ramifications for social housing providers – including changes for homelessness under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 which came into effect on 5 July 2021. Tara O’Leary provides a summary of what to expect.
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

Court of Protection case update

Aaqib Javed and Holly Littlewood review the latest cases of interest to Court of Protection practitioners.
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

Best interests and Covid-19 vaccination in the Court of Protection

The Court of Protection recently ruled that an 86-year-old woman with dementia should not be either forcibly given a Covid vaccine or deceived into accepting a jab. Rebecca Handcock and Hilton Harrop-Griffiths analyse the ruling.
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.
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

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.
May 06, 2021

Litigators beware! Recent changes to Part 36 Offers

The Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2021 (‘the CPAR 2021’) introduce a new Civil Procedure Rule 36.5(5) to clarify the issue of interest after the expiry of Part 36 offers. Mia Plume examines its impact.
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 29, 2021

The High Court on empty rates mitigation and Makro type schemes

In a win for ratepayers, the High Court has clarified the law on empty rates mitigation. Jenny Wigley QC analyses the ruling.
April 22, 2021

What next for procurement challenges?

Andrew Millross considers the proposals in the procurement Green Papers for ‘fast and fair challenges’.
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.