Public Sector Watch
To increase the attractiveness of hospital PPPs Turkey guarantees lease payments.
With significant efficiencies being demanded by Government there is likely to be more pressure to consider the mutualisation of services.
Lithuania plans to oblige public establishments to provide data about their stakeholders (personal data, value of contributions etc).
An ‘Innovation Partnership’ procedure, aimed at allowing more scope for novel ideas, is among wideranging changes coming in across the EU.
Ultimately, it is advisable to organise hustings on an impartial basis, with all candidates or parties being invited, and other tips.
Many charities are self-censoring their campaigning activities to avoid satisfying the “purpose test”.
From mud-slinging to online ads – the key legal issues facing political parties on the campaign trail.
One area that can be particularly difficult for charities and campaigning organisations is the holding of election hustings events
In the first of a series of quarterly round-ups Kathryn Taylor reviews some of the key decisions of the family court, with the emphasis on local authority failings.
The new regulations have been rushed in without consultation and, frankly, are full of holes.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co examines the two ‘new’ procedures introduced into procurement law by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015).
An overview of the main changes outlined by the Chancellor.
Public and regulatory law update: regulators asked to promote growth, judicial review reforms a “retrograde step” and more download
More flexibility for local authorities, requirement on regulators to promote growth, changes to judicial review will be a retrograde step and more.
In this third alert in our four-part series we look at three important areas: prior engagement, bite-sized contract packages and conflicts of interest.
€170bn (£120bn) of the EU’s 2014-2020 budget is earmarked for 10 former Eastern bloc countries, much of it being spent on infrastructure and energy projects. Of these, Poland represents the largest market.
Constitutional concerns and uncertainties.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has reaffirmed its public sector credentials with an appointment to the national legal services procurement framework for Local Government Pension Scheme Funds.
Fieldfisher senior partner Matthew Lohn has been appointed to the Independent Press Standards Organisation’s (IPSO) new 12-person complaints committee.
RPC and Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB) lead on creation of Leveson’s new press regulation system.
Eversheds is the only firm to have won the national and all 13 regional positions on the Salford-based Crescent Purchasing Consortium’s (CPC) legal services framework.
Appointment as a trust special administrator to an NHS trust does not give rise to a power to take any action or make any recommendations in relation to any other NHS trust.
No5 Chambers includes some of the leading practitioners in the country when it comes to bringing and defending challenges to the legality of the actions of public bodies.
The Government Procurement Service, formerly known as OGC Buying Solutions, has delayed a review of its legal services framework agreement by 11 months, with the new roster now due to come into place in May next year.
An investigation by Suffolk County Council has cleared its chief executive of bullying allegations relating to the death of its head of legal services.
Southwark Council is to radically overhaul how it uses the bar by teaming up with Lambeth Council to create a chambers panel.
The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University have completed a joint procurement process, as a number of universities revamp their panels ahead of planned public sector spending cuts.
Seven councils in Cambridgeshire have signed a concordat with a view to sharing expertise and forming a consortium of external advisers as part of an initiative called Cambridgeshire Legal Services Partnership.
The County councils of Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire are in preliminary talks to merge their legal departments.
The former head of children’s services at Haringey Council Sharon Shoesmith has failed in the judicial review of her sacking following the death of Baby P.
A group of North West local authorities is going to set up an online database to provide information on pricing and contacts for the firms and chambers they instruct jointly.
Outsourcing. The word conjures up images of Indian call centres and protestors waving placards saying: “British jobs for British workers.”
“That’s one of the great things about this job. There’s always something new.” The words of HM Revenue & Customs general counsel Anthony Inglese.
News that the Law Society has hiked the cost of practising certificates by 18.6 per cent will have incensed many in the public sector (see story).
It’s hard to escape Blackstone Chambers QC Dinah Rose at the moment.
At the new Durham Unitary Authority, council leaders are serious about saving money.