Public Sector/Local Authority
Walker Morris takes a look at some of the key announcements and how the figures add-up for your sector.
Potential for lack of clarity.
Briefing for Charities & Social Enterprises, 18 November 2015: deregulating lotteries; and more download
Also: Kids Company; academy schools; and more
Face-to-face with a superstar defence lawyer; helping disability claimants; working for the most hated clients in the country; and more
The UK Government has confirmed its intention to introduce a cap of £95,000 on severance payments made to public sector employees upon the termination of their employment.
Several large power projects are underway
Trowers & Hamlins has been instructed by 12 criminal law firms to challenge the Legal Aid Agency’s (LAA) procurement of duty solicitor contracts.
Bevan Brittan’s Leeds office opening in September hailed a return to growth and stability for the public sector-focused firm, which has posted static financials over the last five years.
The Treasury considered retendering for a new principal legal adviser on the sale of its stake in Eurostar midway through the transaction over concerns that Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s £2.8m bill was too high, it has emerged.
Getting an EHC plan for college: system challenge or personalised opportunity?’
Encompass offers a faster way to complete corporate research.
The Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16 includes measures to give LHAs powers to ban rogue landlords and give landlords rights to recover possession.
Annual celebration pays tribute to the contribution of trustees and charities to society.
The announcement that the minimum wage for workers over 25 will rise to £7.20 from April 2016 is likely to hit domiciliary and residential care providers hard.
On 1 April 2015, an estimated 5,000 private landlords across Liverpool were affected by the implementation of a city-wide selective licensing scheme.
It will be an offence to provide training as an apprenticeship if it is not a statutory apprenticeship
A recent decision of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal has determined the status, meaning and effect of the Wilson Doctrine.
Changes to local planning download
Proposed Sections 96 to 100 of the Housing and Planning Bill slightly modify the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (PCPA) and the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
Also: the ‘state of care’ report; and more
New report calls for barriers to growth to be removed.
Mandalia v Secretary of State underlines importance of a public body sticking to its own policies.
Awarding bodies develop products that attract IP rights such as syllabuses and module content. These are valuable assets.
Propsed law could hit private investment as well as educational institutions.
Big majority in favour of Fixed Penalty Notices for fly-tipping.
You think charities don’t need trademarks? They do!
Also: campaigning and the Scottish elections; and more
Branded an ‘overcomplex’ system
Practical pointers for those who may get involved.
The profession’s watchdog is to fight two opposing claims over whether it should disclose details of a closed investigation into ‘Harry Potter’ lawyer Alan Blacker.
… as the public and fundraising organisations have ’lost confidence’ in the existing legislation.
The firm has been nominated for the Private client: Firm of the year award and also the award for Public Sector: Firm (specialism) for its electoral work.
A few years ago the French government seriously tried to make sport fully regulated at EU level on a top-down basis.
Discrimination and public services download
A Traveller can be both within a protected race, such as an Irish or Scottish Traveller, or a New Traveller, and other aspects of law.
Safe removal and storage of goods download
The enforcement agent has an obligation to obtain the best price when goods are sold, so any damage is bad news.
R (Richmond Pharmacology Ltd) v Health Research Authority. Site fails clarity test.
Also: crowdfunding; education in prison; and more
Unison appeal dismissed. Now we await the review.
More power to those with learning disabilities or autism, and their families.
Briefing for charities and social enterprises, 2 Sept, 2015: privacy 'kite marks'; and more download
Also: do regulators live up to the seven principles of public life?; and more.
Bringing about positive change.
India simplifies defence procurement download
Country’s MoD relaxes offset discharge procedures.
Traveller status has been redefined
Move could encourage jurisdiction-shopping by claimants.
Inquests and deprivation of liberty download
The format of any investigation could be of great importance.
…but the road to completion will be long
Proposed cap could affect the way contractors cost bids and approach recruitment.
The High Court has considered whether a public body can revisit and remake a decision it has previously made in circumstances where the public body argued that it did not have the power to do so.
Bevan Brittan is to enter the Leeds legal market after hiring two DWF lawyers to launch an office in the city.
The Scottish Government published an analysis of all non-confidential responses to the public consultation.
The High Court considered what is required of a local authority in satisfying the statutory duty on consultation.
Proposed £95,000 limit on the total value of exit payments.
BLM has boosted its public sector group through the hiring of ex-DAC Beachcroft (DACB) abuse claims expert Paula Jefferson.
Lender option borrower option loans have potentially long-term ramifications.
Sporting loyalties aside – if, like many others, you are considering investing your money in Australia rather than in England, here are a few things to keep in mind.
A fascinating insight into the relationship between the local government department and planning policy
The problem with supercars…
Government to review fees regime that has seen claims fall by 80 per cent.
Practical implications of judgment for developers’ negotiations on small-scale and brownfield sites.
…after council prosecuted a defective Breach of Condition notice
Implications for public sector pensions, and the local government pension scheme in particular.
Tower Hamlets found to have asserted ’rights of dominion’.
The existing Living Wage is already higher than the National Living Wage. What’s going on?
Latest moves, concerns and practical issues for registered providers to consider
The announcement of the Scottish government’s vastly expanded legal panel has been delayed by almost two months after firms were given time to appeal the body’s initial decisions.
Challenging claims of excessive charging by law firms.
Judgment of interest to all those involved in local plan examination.
How the Government plans to ”protect public services against strikes”.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has revealed it will launch a consultation on plans to close one fifth of courts and tribunals in England and Wales.
Changes to strike rules download
In “key public services”, to be lawful a strike will have to be voted for by 40 per cent of those eligible to vote.
If the local community wants to buy your property there will be a six-month moratorium.
Changes to the law could represent a real threat to justice for many victims of medical negligence in the UK.
…to cut the £4.5bn legal medical negligence bill.
New energy efficiency standards will affect landlords, and there will be penalties for non-compliance.
Listed buildings and prosecutions download
A practical guide on the pitfalls local planning authorities should avoid.
Walker Morris has been appointed to advise Hull City Council on its procurement of an operator for its new 3,500-seat concert and exhibition venue adjacent to a planned hotel development.
Ruling on an application for specific disclosure could have big implications in the early stages of procurement disputes.
With post-floods guidance, developers may experience delays in planning applications.
BWB Briefing for Charities and Social Enterprises: press watchdog to be a charity; payment by results; and more download
Also: People with Significant Control consultation; Scotland may extend FoI rules; and more.
HS2 amendments get the green light download
Most of the proposed 125 changes – all beyond Camden – are minor, says transport minister.
250 wind projects to be scrapped download
Onshore wind farms blown away as subsidies end.
The DECC has announced that support under the Renewables Obligation for onshore wind will end from 1 April 2016 Stringent new planning tests have also been announced for wind farms.
E3M has released an in-depth report examining pioneering developments in social financing. BWB partners Luke Fletcher , Simon Steeden and Jim Clifford all provided insights, tips and comments.
Also: developments to strengthen self-regulation of fundraising continue; and more.
To increase the attractiveness of hospital PPPs Turkey guarantees lease payments.
Climate change: spending to save download
Can the the Scottish public sector kill two birds with one stone? Maybe, with the LCITP.
Also: SORP for smaller charities in the balance; independent schools forced to publish information; and more.
With significant efficiencies being demanded by Government there is likely to be more pressure to consider the mutualisation of services.
Meet the lawyers working in the billion-dollar world of gaming law; star human rights lawyer Imran Khan in the spotlight; law v accountancy; and more.
Wildcat, unauthorised strikes are on the rise.
Also: consequences for infrastructure; competition law; the court system; and more.
Warwick University, following incurring total legal costs in excess of £100,000, has admitted that there are “lessons to be learned” from a protracted dispute with one of its professors.
Philip Rule, a member of No5 Chambers Public Law Group, is taking part in an upcoming seminar held by the Public Law Project.
Private residential landlords renting out property in a ‘selective licensing’ area could face a fine of £20,000 and be ordered to pay back rent to their tenants if they don’t have a licence.
The five reforms are the formation of a modern state apparatus, industrialisation and economic growth, nation of one future, transparent and accountable government.
Public sector legal chiefs have turned local authority cuts to their advantage by creating liberalised in-house teams with the expertise to rival private practice.
Wragges looks at what is to be in the new government’s legislative programme, what was mentioned in the campaign but has not made it this far and what was done in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015.
Doing business in Uzbekistan download
A foreign legal entity may establish a representative office to represent its interests; and all other aspects of doing business in the country.
Publication of the Department for Education’s updated guidance on keeping children safe in education has caused confusion and fear across the education community.
The decision to expel a university student for a disciplinary offence is one of the most serious a university has to take.
Monitoring fees – manufactured fees? download
A recent High Court case held that a council could not demand payments from a developer to monitor section 106 payments. Whether this will have an impact in practice remains to be seen.
Obligations on businesses to ensure supply chains are slavery-free, including investigating suppliers and intermediaries.
Those accused of abuse get their chance to speak.
What should a school do if a 16-year-old objects to them disclosing reports and exam results to an estranged parent?
Simon Worlock was instructed on behalf of Colin Patterson in R v Colin Patterson & Dafydd Raw-Rees.
Five-year forecast – what is the Conservative government planning in the construction sector? download
Eversheds has summarised the key Conservative policies which could impact the construction industry.
On 26 May 2015 changes to the Housing Act 1985, incorporated by the Deregulation Act 2015, will reduce the qualifying period for a secure tenant’s right to buy their property from five to three years.
With local government already seeing its funding slashed by £11.3bn by 2015/16, it is understandable why many are concerned about the future of our local government system with the election of a Conservative Government.
A significant review of Employment Tribunal fees is now unlikely as the main drivers for this were the Lib Dems, and other implications.
Employers can face serious legal liability if they fail to manage stress appropriately.
Politics and retailing download
What will the election result mean for British retailers?
The decision to invest in a construction project is a major event for an educational establishment. So, if the contractor becomes insolvent, this can cause significant problems.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has ploughed through 10 manifestos to see what the parties are offering for employers, savers and pensioners, and outlines the key issues in this briefing.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has ploughed through 10 manifestos to see what the parties are offering employers and employees regarding employment. This alert outlines the key issues.
Following the introduction of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, the rules on whistleblowing require disclosures made on or after 25 June 2013 to be in the public interest.
Where will the enforcement vote go? download
Moves to stop the enforcement of debts by way of taking control of goods could be on the way, and other factors enforcement professionals should consider.
Lithuania plans to oblige public establishments to provide data about their stakeholders (personal data, value of contributions etc).
Decision suggests the public interest test is a fairly low hurdle for whistleblowers to overcome
Similarly to many other countries the Republic of Kazakhstan, over many years, has taken relevant measures to protect interests of national suppliers of goods, works and services
Case supports the view that a claim for breach of statutory duty is possible in relation to a contract award by a public body beyond the scope of the procurement regulations.
Kazakhstan re-elected its president, Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev, for a five-year term on 26 April 2015.
Legal history was made by the Court of Appeal on 23 April 2015 in the case of ParkingEye v Beavis.
Tower Hamlets mayor and lawyer Lutfur Rahman is to be referred to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) after being found guilty of corrupt and illegal practices by the High Court on Thursday (23 April).
Three new tenders have been published for the operation of government-supported IT incubators.
Twenty attorneys from Nanchang including partner Zhang Zhenhe and associates Gu Xingbin and Chen Meiling from Dacheng’s Nanchang office have been retained as legal counsel.
Eversheds and commercial and financial procurement consultants New Networks have jointly advised the London Borough of Harrow on its procurement of a replacement ICT strategic partner.
The government has fulfilled its pledge to balance its books after seven years of deficit largely by dipping into its contingency fund, cutting spending, and selling off assets.
Canada: Federal Budget 2015 overview download
Containing editorial comments regarding the tax proposals announced in the 2015 Federal Budget.
Viability continues to shape planning, but the debate is moving towards wider issues of transparency and participation.
On Budget day the government launched a consultation exercise on reforms to the compulsory purchase process.
The US Senate has passed the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act with bipartisan support.
The National Audit Office notes that although private finance typically costs twice as much as public finance, it “can represent value for money”
Briefing for Charities and Social Enterprise: e-marketing rap; Jehovah’s Witnesses; gunmen; and more download
Also in this issue, the value of the arts.
An ‘Innovation Partnership’ procedure, aimed at allowing more scope for novel ideas, is among wideranging changes coming in across the EU.
Changes could lead to poor decisions and inadvertently increase the number of judicial review challenges brought. And what about after the general election?
The General Power of Competence gives authorities a new flexibility to act, but what does it mean in practice? Melanie Carter considers the background to GPC, its scope, and its limitations
Save the Great British Pub download
Pubs are the most popular type of asset to be listed as an ‘Asset of Community Value’, and have been the subject of emotive campaigns.
The Care Act: new responsibilities download
The Act aims to make support more consistent across England. It will be implemented in two phases.
The findings of our recent Local State We’re In 2015 survey highlight that local authorities are facing continued pressure and a challenging and uncertain longer term outlook.
Deprivation of liberties: when is a DOL not a DOL? When the parents of a 15 year old agree to it download
Bridget Dolan and Sarah Simcock of Serjeants’ Inn Chambers comment on Re D (A Child: Deprivation of Liberty).
Public entities are exempt from bankruptcy, but not companies that are carrying out business, even though they are held by public agencies, according to recent decisions.
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.
On 1 April 2015 new legislation comes into force that will affect registered care providers.
Lawyers are often criticised for facilitating claims against the NHS but as a senior MP remarked to me last week, “if you didn’t sue them they’d never learn”.
The new regulations have been rushed in without consultation and, frankly, are full of holes.
Eversheds has advised a consortium to reach financial close on its mandate to deliver 12 new schools in the North West of England through the UK Government’s new Private Finance 2 (PF2) delivery model.
Bates Wells Braithwaite charities and social enterprise briefing – Charity Commission; new SIB scheme; new social housing regulations; and more download
The latest developments in the charities sector.
Eversheds has advised the Department for Transport on a new directly awarded rail franchise agreement with First Greater Western Ltd to operate the Great Western rail franchise until 1 April 2019.
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.
Charities and social enterprise newsletter: a 15-point checklist; non-party campaigning; public service pensions; and more download
Also, a £7m Arts Impact Fund, an early-years education fund and data protection issues.
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.
Opportunities for private health and social care providers to work with local authorities.
The Memorandum of Understanding between the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Health and Safety Executive puts the primary responsibility for investigating and enforcing patient safety issues in the hands of the CQC.
Two of the key health battlegrounds we will be keeping an eye on.
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.
A detailed concept development is under way for two sites in Ancoats and New Islington.
Winckworth Sherwood is sponsoring this year’s Whitehall Lecture.
A significant judgment for both developers and local planning authorities, although the court did not go as far as to state that monitoring fees would be unlawful in all instances.
Shoosmiths will report on and register all of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s landholdings following a tender process.
It has never been more crucial for both contracting authorities and suppliers to ensure they are familiar with the changes brought about by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
Arnold J has delivered a solution to the issue of a patent with claims in the ‘Swiss form’ but this is unlikely to be the last word in the saga. Life sciences companies – watch this space.
Section 106 Agreements between developers and local planning authorities outlining obligations in relation to new developments are currently subject to statutory time limits at the negotiation stage.
The first CfD allocation auction round outcome has been published, with 27 contracts worth £315m being offered to projects that cover deliver over 2GW of renewable energy across England, Scotland and Wales.
In a landmark case the High Court has declared that Winchester City Council committed a serious, procedural and substantive breach of the public procurement regime.
Twenty-seven alternative energy projects were successful in technologies including advanced conversion, energy from waste, offshore wind, onshore wind and solar. Onshore wind seems to be the big winner
Here are our Top 10 tips for complying with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015) that come into force on on 26 February.
The new Public Contracts Regulations 2015 are in force in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
BWB briefing for charities and social enterprise: proposals to increase thresholds for charity audit and more download
A round-up of developments in the charity sector.
The new public sector procurement directive becomes law in the UK (except Scotland) on 26 February 2015.
What does s237 actually say?
Lending activity in certain sectors set to rise after Erste Bank Hungary enters into an agreement with the Hungarian Government.
Founding and managing partner
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has led the London Borough of Croydon to success in a case concerning ‘Zambrano carers’ and their right to receive social assistance.
The Home Office has won a legal challenge against paying £224m compensation to Clifford Chance client Raytheon Systems over a terminated contract.
The government has announced measures intended to give further protection from demolition and development to those public houses which are considered to be of most value to local communities.
”Successful whistleblowing practices are those that provide easy access to reporting mechanisms and follow-up support. In these areas there is clearly more to be done.”
On 5 February 2015, the government published the final form of the new Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
New regulations coming into force on 26 February replace public contracts regulations of 2006.
The Cabinet Office has issued guidance on the use of settlement agreements, special severance payments and confidentiality clauses.
Six families in East Yorkshire currently face the ordeal of travelling long journeys to specialist units, while some young people are having to be kept in adult mental health units.
Faith-based planning? download
Recent changes to planning policy been challenged by West Berkshire and Reading councils, with the support of a growing band of local authorities and public interest organisations
The issue was who should bear the cost of rates liabilities where a lease has been disclaimed and the landlord has not re-entered the property.
Developer Rainier Properties Ltd has secured permission at appeal for 135 new homes on a parkland site at the edge of the village of Burbage in Leicestershire.
As part of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill 2014-2015, Regulations will be introduced in April 2016 to require public sector employees or office holders earning more than £100,000 p.a. to repay exit payments on a pro rata basis if they return to the same part of the public sector within 12 months.
The Local Planning and Housing Bill 2014–15 is currently being debated in Parliament, with its second reading in the House of Commons scheduled for mid-January 2015.
One in three public sector clients are taking longer than a month to pay small and medium-sized enterprises for goods and services.
Louise Leaver, a partner in Winckworth Sherwood’s social housing finance team, has recently been named in Inside Housing magazine’s ’Who’s who in housing law’ feature.
BWB Briefing for Charities and Social Enterprise — HM Treasury publishes response to 2014 call for evidence about credit unions; and more download
Bates Wells Braithwaite has released the 8 January 2015 issue of its BWB Briefing for Charities and Social Enterprises.
James Pickavance, Eversheds partner, has commented on the latest UK construction output figures.
An updated version of the School Admissions Code came into force in England on 19 December 2014, under the School Admissions Code (Appointed Day) Order 2014 (SI/2014/3321).
Shepherd and Wedderburn has advised the senior creditors on the Scottish aspects of one of the largest and most complex road projects involving bond financing in the UK.
The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has published a list of warning signs to encourage the public sector to be alert to bid rigging when buying in works, goods and services.
Sponsors of contracted-out defined-benefit schemes should have this issue on their agenda for Q2 of 2015.
BWB Briefing for Charities and Social Enterprise — sector representatives have given evidence in relation to the draft Protection of Charities Bill; and more download
Bates Wells Braithwaite has released the 17 December 2014 issue of its BWB Briefing for Charities and Social Enterprises.
Australian government seeking more efficient delivery of public sector functions through contestability download
On Monday 15 December the Australian government announced its ‘Efficiency through Contestability Programme’, as part of the mid-year economic and financial outlook.
The High Court has held that local authorities who place children in foster care are not vicariously liable for acts of physical and sexual abuse committed by foster carers.
Under section 38 of the Highways Act 1980, the local highway authority can agree to adopt roads that have been constructed to a specified standard.
Buckinghamshire County Council has tasked its new alternative business structure (ABS) with generating profits of £400,000 over the next five years.
Minter Ellison advised the NSW government over the procurement of Northern Beaches Hospital in a ‘first of its kind’ transaction.
Manchester is the ‘best example’ of any host city that has delivered a sporting legacy.
This paper considers selected topics in the broad (and full of case law) topic of homeless persons, together with a brief mention of the duty of local housing authorities to carry out a review of accommodation needs.
On 3 December, Transparency International, the leading civil society organisation fighting corruption worldwide, released its 20th annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI).
Sarah Sasse, who leads Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s public sector IT/outsourcing practice, has been named in the 2014 Power Part Time list.
The Competition & Markets Authority has published a consultation paper on draft consumer protection law advice for the UK higher education sector in relation to its dealings with undergraduates.
The BWB Education Forum met on 3 November to discuss governance, growth and accountability in relation to multi-academy trusts.
Ivana Vragovic, Karanovic & Nikolic’s procurement expert in Bosnia & Herzegovina, has commented on the enactment of a new law on public procurement.
The Smith Commission download
The Smith Commission has published its recommendations for further devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament.
With a new set of regulations on the horizon, we are about to see the most significant changes to the EU procurement regime in a decade.
Nageena Khalique, head of public law at No5 Chambers, has spoken on behalf of Action Cerebral Palsy at the House of Commons.
New waste planning policy download
The revised policy requires waste planning authorities to promote the treatment of waste up the waste hierarchy.
S Chelvan was on the panel of an event titled ‘The role of pro-bono lawyers in ensuring the protection of refugee rights’ at the European Pro Bono Forum in London.
The Community Infrastructure Levy is still in its infancy. Forty-five authorities are charging; 19 are in the twilight zone between examination and adoption.
A couple with learning difficulties has been awarded £12,000 in compensation at the High Court after a judge ruled that their basic human rights had been violated.
The ‘planning guarantee’ requires local planning authorities to refund fees for planning applications not decided within 26 weeks unless there is an agreed extension.
20 Essex Street is well represented in public international law. Two members have been principal legal advisers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Nottinghamshire CC law boss Jayne Francis-Ward’s unusual approach to external advice has seen her set up an arrangement involving 78 councils and six law firms. That’s what you call relationship management
Christopher Young and James Corbet Burcher have advised and represented Persimmon Homes Severn Valley at the Backwell Neighbourhood Plan Examination.
In the recent case of Moseley v Haringey, the Supreme Court considered the necessary ingredients of proper consultation by a local authority.
What a belter: green belt policy download
The green belt is back in the news. DCLG has updated the NPPG and included responses to two further questions that ‘interpret’ the green belt policy in the NPPF.
A High Court judge has granted short-term injunctions against five men, which ban them from approaching any female under 18 in public places.
As of 30 October 2014, polls show a Republican ‘mini-wave’ developing as a result of ‘Obama fatigue’.
Jumping straight into court proceedings or arbitration could be premature and costly.
As part of the higher-education funding reforms announced in the 2014–15 budget, the government announced that existing price caps on university fees will be removed.
This article looks at some of the relevant case law and sheds light on the principles involved in this particular challenge of statutory interpretation.
Research shows that employee stress levels are rising in line with the demands of the 21st-century workplace.
This consultation needs to be read in conjunction with the draft Procurement Regulations to get the full picture of how the reforms will benefit small businesses.
According to Eversheds’ Shirley Wright, the main challenge will be getting the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill through the parliamentary process in time.
In July 2013, the DCLG launched its consultation on an updated national waste planning policy.
Samantha Betzien, a partner in the human resources and industrial relations group in Brisbane, has won the Queensland Woman Lawyer of the Year award.
The firm has reinforced its pre-eminent position in Leeds and Manchester, securing more Tier One rankings than any other law firm.
A recent case in the Employment Appeal Tribunal has highlighted the importance of employers taking care when making commitments to employees.
The High Court’s decision in the WCC case was as a reminder that it is not enough to label something a planning obligation.
New planning rules have been put forward by Eric Pickles, in a bid to offer further protection to the green belt.
Neil Hudgell Solicitors is acting for a magistrate who was suspended from duty for seven months after being given a police warning notice for alleged harassment.
This case has highlighted the question of whether there is a ‘gap’ in clause 20 of the FIDIC conditions where arbitration is chosen as the final method of dispute resolution.
A leading authority in retail property has joined the panel of speakers set to present at Property 2014 — a networking event sponsored by Shepherd and Wedderburn.
Early termination payment calculated under ISDA Master Agreement enforced against quasi-public body lacking capacity download
Mr Justice Andrew Smith has handed down judgment in a claim by Credit Suisse against a Dutch social-housing foundation, Vestia, for the sum of about €83m.
Michael Conroy Harris, construction expert at Eversheds, has commented on the findings of the Lyons Review.
Pensions News — September 2014: budget reforms; legislation; public service pension schemes; and more download
This edition of Pensions News summarises the key developments from September 2014.
Addleshaw Goddard has acted for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust on a deal to voluntarily terminate the PFI contract at Hexham General Hospital.
Tomasz Zalewski from Wierzbowski Eversheds, has been elected to the Expert Group in the field of intellectual property at PIIT.
Members of No5 Chambers have represented in an inquiry that involved two local planning authorities.
Public procurement rules are changing across Europe, and the UK government has just published a first draft of the new regulations that it proposes will implement the changes.
Outer Temple Chambers barrister Tim Green has defended Birmingham City Council against an application for a litter abatement order made by John Hemming MP.
Kent County Council’s legal division Kent Legal Services (KLS) has today launched a search for a private sector alternative business structure (ABS) partner.
Pillsbury has assembled a new team to help clients with their global security strategy and compliance needs.
Roberta Blackman-Woods MP has accepted an invitation to speak at the Kings Chambers 2014 Planning Conference.
DLA Piper has expanded its international arbitration practice in France with the hire of Alexander Brabant and Alice Pezard to the litigation and regulatory team in the firm’s Paris office.
Winckworth Sherwood has announced it is sponsoring the London Property Summit on 19 November 2014.
According to The Legal 500, following the merger of Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham in May 2014, the firm has ‘more strength and depth as well as wider international coverage’.
The Department of Finance has released the ‘Annual Financial Report of the Government of Canada Fiscal Year 2013–2014’. Highlights are as follows.
DLA Piper has announced that Phyllis Cheng has joined the firm’s employment practice as a partner in the Los Angeles office.
BWB Briefing for Charities and Social Enterprises — Charity Commission report; Intellectual Property Act 2014; and more download
Bates Wells Braithwaite has released the latest issue of its BWB Briefing for Charities and Social Enterprises.
A new weapon in the government’s armoury in the international fight against corruption in the oil and gas industry was unveiled last month.
Eric Pickles seems to have a bee in his bonnet about councils that are issuing news sheets to their residents more frequently than quarterly.
Figures show that 5,050 children were adopted by new families in the 12 months to 31 March 2014. However, there has also been a fall in the number of placement orders from local authorities.
Healthcare at Home Ltd v Common Services Agency (Scotland) concerns the interpretation of the ‘reasonably well-informed and normally diligent’ tenderer.
The amended public procurement law (‘Pzp’) takes effect on 19 October. The amendment concerns a range of important matters.
The Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) has confirmed substantial changes to its processes for issuing ‘passport’ certificates to firms involved in public sector outsourcing projects.
The government has issued a consultation along with draft regulations on how it intends to implement the EU directive ratified in April 2014 to update and modernise procurement rules.
Gemma Boore considers the implications of the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association’s challenge to the 2014 UK Gambling Act.
Sam Skinner has joined the public law team at Kings Chambers. He joins from KCH Garden Square Chambers in Nottingham.
Doughty Street Chambers has been forced to upgrade its website hosting arrangements to cope with a surge in traffic following the nuptials of member Amal Alamuddin and Hollywood star George Clooney.
First road test for special measures — a review of the recent ‘special measures’ case referred to the secretary of state download
Less than a year after the introduction of the government’s ‘special measures’ regime, the secretary of state has determined the first planning application submitted directly to him.
The initial wave of appeal decisions under a government regime that allows developers to challenge affordable housing obligations contains some pointers on how the system is shaping up.
Not a fishing expedition: PFI contractor obtains pre-action disclosure in dispute that was to be subject of adjudication download
Obtaining relevant documentation at an early stage from a potential opponent can help resolve claims without the need to issue proceedings, or narrow the issue between the parties, so as to save costs.
The Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 amended the section 106 regime to allow developers to challenge affordable housing obligations on viability grounds.
Companies can expect an increase in creative and complex qui tam cases, with the DoJ lending its substantial resources to the growing plaintiffs’ bar.
The Department of Energy & Climate Change has published the final allocation framework for the October 2014 contracts-for-difference allocation round.
The following commentary provides a brief overview of the short to medium term changes expected in the post-referendum environment.
Shoosmiths has hosted an all-day event for London-based procurement professionals and in-house lawyers
Congress and the Higher Education Act: what’s on the table? What’s to come? Our look at the major proposals download
Many members of Congress have introduced bills addressing many aspects of higher education that concern the public.
Tough new legislation to tackle anti-social behaviour gives housing associations greater powers, says Winckworth Sherwood’s Ausilia Matraxia.
Doughty Street has lost another public law silk with the exit of Paul Bowen QC to Brick Court, just months after a five-barrister team left Doughty Street for Monckton Chambers.
The Walker Morris Housing Group has won a four-year appointment to Procurement for Housing.
Neil Hudgell Solicitors is helping a mother to sue Stockport Council for failing to maintain safety standards at a park where her daughter fell from a slide onto solid surfacing.
Our real-estate team has a considerable depth and breadth of experience in all aspects of commercial real estate.
Our employment team has an excellent reputation for providing high-quality, commercially relevant legal solutions to our clients’ employment and human resources issues.
BWB Briefing for Charities and Social Enterprises — Law Commission reports on charity law reform programme; and more download
Bates Wells Braithwaite has released the 9 September issue of the BWB Briefing for Charities and Social Enterprises.
According to research by the Action for Children, a third of children taken into care in the past year were separated from their brothers and sisters.
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The term ‘allotment’ usually refers to land held by a local authority under the Allotment Acts 1908–1950, but it is also possible for allotments to be privately owned.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has launched a technical consultation on further proposals for reform of the planning process.
The last 10 years have seen a revolution in the way in which the UK handles municipal waste, with volumes of waste sent to landfill dropping by 70 per cent.
Minster Law’s director of legal services Craig Underwood has joined Capita-owned volume legal business Optima Legal as head of legal services today.
Zachry v Port of Houston Authority: Texas Supreme Court rules for contractor despite no-damages-for-delay clause download
The Texas Supreme Court has issued a decision that could have a huge impact on the construction industry in Texas involving several high-profile issues.
What is the legal position around disposal of goods when a tenancy is terminated or a tenant has abandoned the property? download
The Torts (Interference with Goods) Act 1977 sets out how to avoid repercussions so that property can be re-let as soon as possible.
We advise clients on the full range of outsourcing needs, including information technology, business processes, facilities management and logistics.
We have a strong track-record in creating regulatory frameworks and a reputation for showing companies how to successfully navigate their way through them.
Our specialists steer clients through the complex and dynamic area of competition and EU law, wherever they are located.
From the everyday to the strategic, this 38-strong global team advises a broad client base on the full range of employment issues.
In this matter, there were suspicions about actions of the public authority and there had been conflicting communications with the client in the tender process.
No5 Chambers has announced that deputy head of chambers Ian Dove QC is to be appointed a High Court judge.
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‘How to do Judicial Review’ will be held on 22 September 2014 at No5 Chambers in London.
Mansfield District Council received grant money from the European Regional Development Fund for two development projects relating to town-centre improvements.
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The government wants to boost housing supply, revitalise the high street and make better use of existing buildings.
Neil Hudgell Solicitors has represented two people who suffered injuries as a result of tripping in a sunken drain that had been left in an unsafe condition for nine months.
Eversheds has advised Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council on the latest milestone in their £950m long-term waste management PPP contract.
Outer Temple Chambers has welcomed Fiona Scolding, a specialist public law practitioner highly praised in the leading directories.
Recent consultation case highlights the court’s willingness to intervene in public sector decision making download
All health sector bodies thinking about taking decisions that are subject to a period of public consultation should take heed of the High Court’s recent judgment.
BWB’s public and regulatory law team, headed by Melanie Carter, provides practical and strategic advice and representation for its clients.
Our charity and social enterprise team works with more charities than any other law firm in the country.
Poland: the latest changes in Polish Public Procurement Law — the biggest amendment since 2004 download
On 25 July 2014, the Polish Parliament passed on an amendment of the Public Procurement Law.
Disclaimer and rates download
A landlord may be deterred from forfeiting the lease of a defaulting tenant because of the cost of business rates liability. What is the position where a lease has been disclaimed?
The PDG’s open data statement will be of interest to any business that uses public data and/or wants to develop products and services built using public data.
Bruce Dear, head of London real estate at Eversheds, has commented on the 2.9 per cent fall in property prices from July to August.
oneSource, the operating name of the shared service between the London boroughs of Newham and Havering, has selected Iken for its legal team.
The Infrastructure Development Act 23 of 2014 creates the statutory entity that will facilitate strategic infrastructure development projects and related approvals.
No5’s Adrian Keeling has defended Anthony France, 41, from Watford, who is facing charges of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.
Just more than four years ago, the government announced that the CPI would be used in place of the RPI for determining pension increases in the public sector.
Oman’s newly signed treaty with Spain reduces withholding tax rates and includes a new limitation on benefits clause to prevent treaty shopping.
BWB’s Melanie Carter has made a submission to the Electoral Commission for the further improvement of the guidance on non-party campaigning.
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It has taken just over two years, but for those standing patiently at the ABS bus stop for a local authority to gain a licence the wait is finally over. And predictably, two have come along at once.
Richard Clayton QC has succeeded in judicially reviewing the decision of Leeds City Council to double the rents the council charged to allotment holders.
Sarah Clover, instructed by Lisa Sharkey and Natasha Beck of Poppleston Allen, has been successful in renewing the SEV licence for Platinum Lounge in Chester.
Gary Grant of Kings Chambers has appeared for the successful local planning authority in I.M. Properties Development Ltd v Lichfield District Council .
This briefing considers whether there may be a risk that the decisions of port authorities could be challenged by judicial review proceedings.
Cultural objections 2 download
Spencer Compton has challenged the decision of Northampton Borough Council to put up for sale a statue, sculpted around 2400 BC, of an Egyptian official.
The Intermediate People’s Court of Yuxi, Yunnan province, recently amended the court of first-instance judgment by Jiangchuan People’s Court against Wang Lifen.
Orbis represents one of the few straightforward decisions in recent months relating to subject matter jurisdiction over protests of task or delivery order procurements.
Laura Davidson acts for successful local authority in COP case ousting abusive live-in carers from an elderly woman’s home download
London Borough of Redbridge v G, C and F was initially brought under the inherent jurisdiction due to concerns that C and F were unduly influencing G.
The EAT has held that a grievance outcome letter sent from an HR Officer was capable of binding the employer to a new pay grade.
The government has published its response to the ‘Freedom and choice in pensions’ consultation. Individuals aged 55 or over will be able to access their entire DC pension flexibly.
A powerful collaboration of local authorities came together to launch APSE Energy on 11 June 2014 in Parliament.
Last year Brighton and Hove Council agreed to pay the Copyright Licensing Agency an undisclosed sum in respect of retrospective licence fees and legal costs.
Martin Retail Group Ltd v Crawley Borough Council: the Competition Act 1998 ‘lands’ a council with a problem
The Central London County Court has ruled that a restriction on use in a lease breaches the Chapter I prohibition of the Competition Act 1998.
The case of Hershaw and ors v Sheffield City Council is a reminder to employers to be careful about how and what they communicate to their employees.
In this webcast, Jonathan Kirsop examines how the UK data protection regime applies to regulate disclosed information.
How might future UK infrastructure investment decisions be influenced by Crossrail?
A court has decided that a decision to dramatically reduce the number of funded libraries was flawed.
Stephenson Harwood has advised Cofely on its purchase of Lend Lease’s UK facilities management business.
Outer Temple Chambers’ John McKendrick has appeared for applicant health bodies and a local authority in complex proceedings before the Court of Protection
The High Court has ruled that an owner of empty property is not entitled to a ‘prohibited by law’ exemption from unoccupied property rates.
Bates Wells Braithwaite’s charity and social enterprise team provides highlights of this week’s charity website announcements.
DKF and Wierzbowski Eversheds defence and security networking meeting: discussion of the new Offset Act download
The new Offset Act was signed into law by the president of Poland on 7 July 2014 and will come into force 14 days after publication in the Journal of Laws.
Care Act 2014 download
The Care Act 2014, which received royal assent on 14 May 2014, will impose new obligations on local authorities in respect of the provision of social care.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s public law and regulation expert Ravi Randhawa has been promoted to the role of legal director.
The DCLG has published revised criteria for deciding which local planning authorities are to be regarded as ‘poor performers’ in relation to their handling of planning applications.
In Schroder Exempt Property Unit Trust v Birmingham City Council, the tenant went into liquidation and ceased to occupy the property. The liquidator then disclaimed all interest in the lease.
In this video, Malcolm Underhill, a partner and child abuse solicitor at IBB Solicitors, speaks to Chris Anderson, executive director of MaleSurvivor.org.
Wierzbowski Eversheds has advised the City of Warsaw on obtaining financing from the European Investment Bank of PLN1bn for various projects.
What do you do if you see a space man? Answer — park in it, man. Parking rights and restrictions download
The question of where to park is one that all motorists will have asked themselves from time to time.
Bates Wells Braithwaite’s charity and social enterprise team provides highlights of this week’s charity website announcements.
Under the provisions of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, the government was required to conduct a review of survivors’ benefits in occupational pension schemes.
On 2 July 2014, the secretary of state issued his decision on two appeals against the Wychavon District Council’s refusal of planning permission for two large housing schemes.
Biomethane RHI consultation download
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is designed to increase the uptake of renewable heat technologies and reduce carbon emissions.
The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill sets out a number of further reforms to the employment law landscape.
On 7 July 2014, the government published details of the first wave of Growth Deals.
Bates Wells Braithwaite’s charity and social enterprise team provides highlights of this week’s charity website announcements.
The campaign to increase the representation of women on the boards of public companies reached a significant milestone recently.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has announced the promotion of 13 lawyers to the firm’s legal director role.
The case of R (on the application of Sky Blue Sports & Leisure Ltd and others) v Coventry City Council  EWHC 2089 (Admin) is an interesting one.
On 1 July 2014, BIS published new guidance on how to apply the new EU General Block Exemption Regulation.
A Charity Commission intervention and a recent VAT tribunal case highlight the need for local authorities to consider their legal position carefully when giving funding to charities.
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If your organisation has 100 or more employees, unless it is a public sector employer, it will have annual gender reporting obligations to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.
The European Court of Justice has recently heard a discrimination claim brought by a Danish child minder, Karsten Kaltoft, against his local authority.
Charlotte Cook, a partner in Winckworth Sherwood’s housing and regeneration department, has featured in a DVD for ‘Change The Face Of Housing’.
They think it’s all over — PF2 download
The late, great Ken Wolstenholme, if asked about the House of Commons Treasury Committee Report on Private Finance 21, could well say the same for PF2.
John Barrett of Kings Chambers has secured another residential planning permission for Gladman Developments on appeal for 150 houses at North Road, Glossop.
A ban on councils using CCTV cameras and ‘spy cars’ to enforce parking restrictions will become law through the Deregulation Bill this autumn.
The judgment in Martin Retail Group v Crawley Borough Council, as well as the wider application of competition law to land agreements, is covered in this webinar.
Amy Jensen Cunniffe has joined DLA Piper’s government affairs and healthcare public policy and regulatory practices as a senior policy adviser in Washington DC.
A proposed restriction on a tenant’s use of its property has been struck down as void under competition law.
An application to register land as a town and village green was once a dangerous weapon that could be used by anyone to try and prevent redevelopment.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has published amendments to Part L of Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations 2010.
The German government has reportedly tightened tender rules for sensitive public IT contracts download
This follows whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations regarding the US National Security Agency’s mass surveillance activities.
G-Cloud begins to take off download
G-Cloud sales have reached £154m as public sector departments buy on-demand services through the government’s online marketplace.
Full Federal Court confirms a ‘public benevolent institution’ does not need to provide direct relief download
A ‘public benevolent institution’ is a subtype of charitable body. Endorsement by the Australian Taxation Office is required before an entity can be one.
Ian Dove QC and Hugh Richards from No5 acted for East Northampton District Council in a matter concerning a planning application for a retail and leisure scheme in Rushden.
Immigration Act 2014 download
The Immigration Act, which received royal assent on 14 May 2014, requires private landlords to ensure that prospective tenants are in the UK legally.
Walker Morris’s David Kilduff has addressed a collaboration of local authorities at the launch of APSE Energy in Parliament.
The EU has issued a new set of rules for the procurement of public contracts to make such contracts more accessible to SMEs.
The Secretary of State has granted permission for the £50m retail and leisure redevelopment of Rushden Lakes in Northampton. Dentons acted for LxB.
Binder Grösswang has advised Software AG on the sale of its Austrian SAP consulting business to the Scheer Group.
Audrey Williams, partner and head of discrimination at Eversheds, has commented on the European court considering for the first time where obesity sits in legal terms.
Anna West, personal injury and clinical negligence solicitor at IBB Solicitors, discusses hate crimes against vulnerable adults.
Three of the six finalists for the best legal department in the 2014 MJ Local Govermment Awards are Iken user teams.
Proposed changes to the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive received approval from the European Parliament in March 2014.
The Deregulation Bill is part of the government’s Red Tape Challenge, the aim of which is to reduce the burden of regulation.
Both the FOI Act 2000 and EIR 2004 give rights of public access to information held by public authorities. The differences are worth noting.
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), the body which oversees MPs’ salaries and expenses, has appointed Browne Jacobson as its sole legal provider in the place of Addleshaw Goddard.
The threat of blackouts and proposed price hikes in energy costs serves as a reminder that the UK’s energy policy continues its rise up the barometer of economic and political importance.
For the first time in Canada, an individual has been sentenced to jail time for bribing a foreign public official.
Nageena Khalique of No5 Chambers has appeared on behalf of the family of Dana Baker in a lengthy four-week inquest culminating in a narrative determination.
A call for more local authority engagement by three leading voluntary and community sector organisations download
Three leading voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations have called on local authorities to ensure they engage with the voluntary sector at all stages of the commissioning process.
Michael Grimes, head of waste at law firm Eversheds, has commented on the new plastic bag levy set to be announced in the Queen’s Speech.
The Court of Appeal has held that the owner of a building plot should be granted an implied easement by common intention to lay mains utilities in the seller’s adjoining land.
On 21 May 2014 the European Commission adopted key measures as part of its State Aid Modernisation programme.
Eversheds has advised Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council on the variation of their £926m waste PPP.
A recent case offers a sobering lesson for local planning authorities on the need to consider all of the fallback options before issuing an enforcement notice.
Avon and Somerset Police’s legal team has selected specialist case management software from Iken to replace their existing legacy system.
Foresight is an easy-to-use legal calendar that outlines major cases, government policy and forthcoming legislation right through to 2017.
Another developer has appealed under section 106BC of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to reduce its affordable housing contribution on viability grounds.
Mr Justice Mann has handed down judgment in the matters of Sarah Hannon and Daniel Dufour v NGN and the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis.
The Supreme Court has given judgment in R (on the application of Barkas) v North Yorkshire County Council and another  UKSC 31.
The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 gives social landlords new powers to obtain possession against tenants causing nuisance and/or anti-social behaviour.
Opinion on the use of zero-hours contracts is mixed, but they are prevalent in the higher and further education sectors.
Education Update — May 2014: when joint ventures go wrong — disputes with other education providers download
Joint ventures between higher education institutions have become increasingly common. But what should you do when things don’t go according to plan?
No5 members S Chelvan and Ian Brownhill will be speaking at The Public Law Project North Conference 2014, which will be held in Manchester on 17 July.
Weightmans has announced the promotion of seven partners, including its first non-lawyer partner, marketing director Sarah-Jane Howitt.
In recent years, maintained schools have been given more control over their own budget.
Barrister John Hunter of Kings Chambers has appeared for the local planning authority in Harrogate v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and other.
Eric Pickles has declared the proposed theme park development known as ‘London Paramount’ to be a development of national significance.
This article explores some key issues that employers participating in public service pension schemes should be aware of.
Heads Up: changes to the Primary Chain Development Grant; new guidance on behaviour and discipline; and more download
Welcome to this summer edition of Heads Up. It has been another busy term, and as we approach the general election it is unlikely the pace will slow down.
Case C-574/12 Centro Hospitalar v Eurest Portugal was a case referred to the ECJ by the Portuguese court.
Colin Crawford of Kings Chambers has advised Harrogate Borough Council throughout the process of planning the Tour de France.
The new rules introduce some important changes and clarifications as well as codifying some of the case law that has arisen over the years.
This briefing is to remind departments of their legal obligations under the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) when conducting their public procurement activities
On 13 March 2014, the Communities and Local Government Committee of the House of Commons published its report on local government procurement.
The transparency agenda has been high on the coalition government’s list of priorities since it came to power four years ago.
In the UK, elections are held on working weekdays and no legislation exists to allow employees to take time off work to vote.
Penningtons Manches’ immigration team is to spearhead a diagnostics review of the UK’s immigration options for international creative and artistic talent.
The High Court has handed down judgment in a judicial review brought against the decision to allow the Tattenhall Neighbourhood Plan proceed to referendum.
The Court of Appeal has passed judgment on the first legal challenge made under the neighbourhood planning provisions of the Localism Act 2011.
On 29 April, the government of Futian District, Shenzhen, called a meeting of members of a newly established advisory and review committee in support of reform.
If an individual carries out building operations or a material change of use without planning permission, the local authority may serve an enforcement notice.
Those living in Yorkshire cannot have failed to notice that the Grand Depart of the Tour de France is beginning in God’s own county this summer.
The Communities and Local Government Committee of the House of Commons has published its report on local government procurement.
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has recently issued prospectuses for new funds to deliver housing.
Concerns have been voiced that it is difficult to find out what has been going on in outsourced contracts — until it is too late.
The Local Audit and Accountability Bill was passed on 30 January 2014 and is beginning to take effect.
Since the current UK government was formed in 2010, it has been keen to promote industrial and provident societies and mutuals as part of the diversity of the UK economy.
All public bodies that are in a position to give resources to help businesses need to know about state aid.
Winckworth Sherwood has appointed a new partner with expertise in large-scale urban regeneration and infrastructure projects.
Money-back guarantee for planning? download
The Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 introduced several measures to speed up the planning process.
Poor care, unanswered requests for help, enforced incontinence and basic neglect are unfortunately all too common in the care of elderly people.
In R (Bridgerow) v Chester West, Richard Clayton QC and Sarah Clover from Kings Chambers succeeded in quashing the council’s refusal to grant a licence.
In this new edition of the Public Company M&A Primer, Ed Batts covers recent changes in the M&A process for public companies.
This DLA Piper update reports on significant new developments and suggests actions to take when planning a California real-estate transaction.
New figures have revealed that average house prices in 18 of 32 council areas have topped £325,000, making them susceptible to inheritance tax.
Historic changes afoot in Scotland download
The Historic Environment Scotland Bill currently making its way through the Scottish Parliament was introduced in early March 2014.
Peter Hubbard, who on 1 May took over as the new senior partner of Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS), has described his vision for the future.
The Information Commissioner’s Office has published its strategic plan for April 2014 to March 2017.
The High Court has quashed (for the second time) a planning permission for a single dwelling on the edge of Hazelwood in Derbyshire.
Eversheds associate Andrew Bennett has commented on news that Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust has been fined for health and safety breaches.
No5 Chambers has been shortlisted for the Chambers of the Year award at The Lawyer Awards 2014.
Allen & Overy has advised Vivendi on the sale of SFR. Vivendi’s supervisory board decided to enter into exclusive negotiations with Altice for a period of three weeks.
Wragge & Co has promoted two of its housing, development and regeneration (HDR) team’s directors, Ed Colreavy and Jacqueline Knox.
Data & Information E-Alerts: council agrees to improve practices after social service records sent to wrong address; and more download
Addleshaw Goddard has released the 17 April 2014 issue of its Data & Information E-Alerts publication.
On 4 April, Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau held a fundraising Golf Day at North Worcestershire Golf Club, which was sponsored by No5 Chambers.
Planning and environment barrister Timothy Jones from No5 has appeared for the successful claimant, a mobile-home park owner, in a recent case.
Eversheds holds leader position in TMT and is recommended in the field of public procurement law in Rzeczpospolita’s 12th annual ranking of law firms.
The Lord Chancellor has appointed Kings Chambers barrister Melanie Plimmer to sit as a judge of the First-Tier Tribunal.
Penningtons Manches’ immigration team has been selected to spearhead a review of the UK’s immigration options for international creative and artistic talent.
Iken, which supplies case management software, has become a corporate sponsor of representative body Lawyers in Local Government.
Video: Pillsbury partner Elizabeth Moeller discusses crisis strategy planning in government investigations
Pillsbury partner Elizabeth Moeller addresses the recent rise in the frequency and intensity of investigations by government entities at all levels.
In this video interview, Washington DC public policy and regulation partner Mike Zolandz discusses how the 2014 mid-term election will affect US policy.
ICT suppliers and their public sector customers both need to take action following the publication of the results of the OFT’s market study into the sector.
The OFT finds a significant imbalance of power between ICT suppliers and public sector buyers that prevents effective competition.
Wragge & Co’s projects team has advised facilities management provider Lovell on a new £32.8m facilities management contract.
There are now a number of government-backed schemes in existence with the intention of making home ownership more affordable and accessible to the general public.
This article is intended to offer developer clients an insight into the current state of play with flooding policy.
A group of businesses, landowners and planning authorities in London’s West End are working to develop a pilot scheme under which planning departments would be able to fully recover the costs of dealing with planning applications.
Penningtons Manches aims to provide pensions advice across a range of issues in a straightforward and easily understandable manner.
Penningtons Manches specialises in all aspects of intellectual property law. We give clear, practical guidance in complex and rapidly evolving areas.
Approachable and commercially aware, our specialists have in-depth experience of the issues faced by businesses when managing their staff.
Penningtons Manches drafts and negotiates commercial agreements of all types, and at all stages in the development and supply chain.
The Department of Business, Innovation & Skills has announced that the Primary Authority Scheme will be extended to cover fire safety in England and Wales.
New Model Services Contract — New Model Contract precedent for government ICT and business process outsourcing contracts download
The Model Services Contract is intended to reflect current government priorities and recommended ways of doing business.
On 7 April, Eric Pickles and Danny Alexander announced new powers for councils that, they claim, will enable 10,000 new affordable homes to be built.
Cheshire West: the hidden cost download
Sheree Green, senior associate at Anthony Collins Solicitors, comments on the recent Cheshire West judgment.
Allowing independent providers into the NHS Pension Scheme — tackling recruitment issues and facilitating the movement of staff download
From 1 April 2014, an independent provider who meets the relevant eligibility criteria will be able to apply to become an employing authority in the NHS Pension Scheme.
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The Office of Fair Trading has published its final report on its market study into the supply of information and communication technology to the public sector.
Addleshaw Goddard has acted for the Royal Bank of Scotland and M&G Investments on the first own-name debt capital markets issue by a Scottish registered social landlord.
Heisse Kursawe Eversheds, the German global arm of Eversheds, has announced the opening of a third German office in Berlin.
This briefing looks at the changes to the circumstances in which bids can be negotiated and suggest some helpful tips for making bid negotiations work.
Our family law solicitors are experienced, compassionate and caring experts who have one aim — to protect the rights of the child.
At IBB Solicitors, our Residential Development and Regeneration team is recognised as one of the best and most experienced in the business.
Valuations by the government are expected to show that current employer contributions rates do not ensure that the costs of public sector pension schemes will be met in the future.
The powers to construct and operate phase one of HS2 will be secured by means of a hybrid bill: the High Speed Rail (London–West Midlands) Bill.
The Budget and planning download
The government yet again intends to ‘improve and streamline the planning system’. Gateley has summarised the key points.
The announcement by the Competition and Markets Authority (formerly the Competition Commission) is the culmination of a two-year investigation into the private healthcare market.
As building control is governed by statutory regulations and administered by local authorities, planning lawyers are frequently approached for advice when building control problems arise.
The Social Value Act represented a step-change for some public bodies that were nervous about seeking to achieve social, environmental or wider economic ends through their procurement activity.
The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act received royal assent on 13 March 2014 and it is anticipated that it will come into force in the autumn of 2014.
The ink is not yet dry on the new EU procurement directive, but the Cabinet Office is already talking about ‘fast-track’ implementation.
How does a local authority find itself paying for care, veterinary fees and cattery costs for a significant number of years, as part of a section 117 package?
The push towards e-procurement is continuing with the recent backing by the European Parliament of the European Commission’s proposals on e-invoicing.
A report by the Charity Commission has highlighted the risk that charity independence can be threatened where local authorities are able to exercise control.
The Department of Health has published its own guidance setting out how New Fair Deal will operate in the NHS Pension Scheme.
The Energy Company Obligation Order provides a sizeable potential source of funding to developers carrying out redevelopment or improvement works on housing stock.
The long-awaited procurement directives are finally here. The expected new EU procurement regime will come into force on 17 April.
Each April brings change for pension schemes, and although this year may prove to be not quite as exciting as next year there is still plenty to be thinking about.
Partner and head of social-housing finance Louise Leaver has discussed whether the housing crisis can be solved by delivering more social housing.
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The government has published a consultation to consider whether zero-hour contracts are being abused and what action can be taken to tighten up their use.
Hogan Lovells has announced that it has achieved an important victory for Stansted Airport in securing the end of economic regulation at the airport.
Trowers & Hamlins is putting secretarial jobs at risk across all of its UK offices with the potential of launching a formal consultation over the next few months.
Be careful what you wish for — TUPE applied despite client wanting outsourcing to be short term download
A number of carers were employed by Allied to look after a vulnerable adult.
Mole Valley District Council has procured Iken Case Management and Time Recording via the government’s G-Cloud framework.
Austria: corruptive behaviour in public procurement procedures as a deal breaker for mergers and acquisitions transactions? download
It is a well-established and unsurprising fact that public procurement proceedings are particularly vulnerable to corruption.
Anthony Collins, founder and former senior partner of Anthony Collins Solicitors, has been awarded the 2014 Birmingham Law Society Lifetime Achievement Award.
Cash-strapped local authority legal teams are being pushed towards privatisation – and potentially on a collision course with FTSE 100 outsourcers
Where do you think your local government clients are heading? It’s not a rhetorical question
This article focuses on the changes brought about by the decisions in Re A (Children: Habitual Residence)  UKSC 60 and LC (children)  UKSC 1.
When should we DBS check? download
John Turner, lead regulatory lawyer at Anthony Collins, considers the guidance for criminal records checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Anthony Collins Solicitors recently hosted a table at a dinner organised by the West Midlands Labour Finance and Industry Group.
Go-Biz announces California competes tax credit application period — and it ends in less than one month download
Go-Biz has notified the public that it will only accept California Competes Credit applications for the current fiscal year between 19 March 2014 and 14 April 2014.
DLA Piper, in partnership with East African Development Bank, has run a regional training programme in Kigali, Rwanda, for public sector lawyers and law professors.
In R v Herefordshire Council & others, the High Court addressed the proper interpretation to be given to section 38(6) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.
A report has considered a local highway authority’s refusal to create a vehicle crossover from the highway over a grass verge to the complainant’s driveway.
A local authority or inspector required to decide whether or not to grant permission for development that affects a listed building is bound by s.66(1) of the Planning Act 1990.
The Supreme Court has handed down its judgment in relation to P v Cheshire West and Chester Council (& Ors) and P and Q v Surrey County Council.
Although no definite date was given for the regulations under the Charities Act 2011 enabling charitable companies to convert to a CIO, these were expected in ‘early 2014’.
Advance Payments Code download
The Advance Payments Code provides a protection mechanism for local highway authorities to ensure they are not unexpectedly required to meet the costs of new roads.
Recent decisions have highlighted a couple of key themes that employers would be well advised to consider when dealing with their disabled employees.
The serious condition of the Italian archaeological and historical heritage is causing growing controversy. Pompeii is the litmus test of this situation.
Wragge & Co has been appointed to advise Birmingham City Council on the sale of the NEC Group, which owns venues including the NEC, the ICC and the NIA.
A ruling has clarified that a lapse of time between registration of a town or village green and application for rectification of the register is an insufficient ground for opposing rectification.
Law Society chief executive Des Hudson is to stand down this summer, the solicitors’ representative body announced today.
Criminal law solicitors are aiming to sack the Law Society leadership by drumming up a petition for a second special general meeting (SGM) of the professional body.
Agency for Financial, IT and Intermediary Services from Sarajevo fined for abuse of dominance download
The Competition Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina has fined the Agency for Financial, IT and Intermediary Services for abuse of dominant position in the relevant market.
NPPF and housing land download
It is quite a regular occurrence that appeals are allowed where councils are unable to show that they have a five-year housing land supply or an adopted local plan.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has said a Guardian reporter should be able to see contentious secret letters written by Prince Charles to the Government, quashing an order by the Attorney General to avoid revealing them.
Earl Pinnock of No5 Chambers has defended Joyce Trail, a dentist who has been ordered to pay back more than £1.3m to the NHS.
Three No5 Chambers barristers have acted for Barwood in the successful defences of section 288 challenges brought by South Northamptonshire Council.
Westminster City Council is taking its fight against Soho’s sex shops to the Supreme Court, despite being refused permission at the Court of Appeal (CoA) last year.
Wragge & Co outlines the background to the case and the court’s decision and provides a comment on its impact for public bodies.
Regulating CCTV use in the UK download
With technological developments and the increase of CCTV in public places, the role of regulation and guidance will become increasingly important.
Further changes made to the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 present opportunities for developers, but also add new complexities.
Business and government agencies are readying themselves for the new privacy regime, which will take effect from 12 March 2014.
A decision by the First-Tier Tribunal Property Chamber has illustrated another complication in meeting both leaseholder consultation and EU procurement requirements.
An irreproachable reputation, an unfailing professional approach and the highest standards of work draw many companies and individuals to Ilyashev & Partners’ practice.
The Trust Deficit: After the Crash — DLA Piper’s response to a perspective report by Populus download
The Trust Deficit: After the Crash report suggests that trust between business, politics and the media has broken down completely.
How do public sector landlords tackle the problem of access in respect of gas safety inspections and fire safety risk in leasehold properties?
OFT launches a market study into residential property management services to leaseholders in England and Wales download
The OFT has launched a market study into residential property management services that will look at how the market is working for leaseholders and freeholders in England and Wales.
The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 came into force at the end of January 2013 and is part of the government’s ‘Big Society’ initiative.
Blackstone Chambers has made its third major silk hire in a year through the addition of Brick Court Chambers silk Alan Maclean QC.
DLA Piper has achieved a settlement in favour of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in a housing discrimination lawsuit.
Wragge & Co’s banking and finance team has assisted long-standing client Sanctuary Group in the securing of a £350m loan from the European Investment Bank.
The Walker Morris leisure team will be exhibiting at the LGA/cCLOA Annual Culture, Tourism and Sport Conference 2014 on 3–4 March in Portsmouth.
In R v Horsham District Council, Lindblom J considered the validity of a section 106 planning agreement that required a payment to be made by the applicant.
Cayman Islands Law Update: the Exempted Limited Partnership Bill and the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Bill download
Following extensive consultation in both the public and private sectors, the Exempted Limited Partnership Bill 2014 was gazetted on 21 February 2014.
Private rights, public wrongs: Trafford v Blackpool Borough Council — the public law control of contractual discretion download
This case is a reminder that while local authorities have the power to do ‘anything that individuals generally may do’, this does not mean they are free to make decisions as individuals might.
According to a report by Addleshaw Goddard, the UK is too obsessed with home ownership and councils should focus on building homes for long-term private rent.
The Unsolicited Proposal Guideline provides a framework for the government’s assessment and implementation of infrastructure proposals that originate directly from the private sector.
The end of 2013 saw a flurry of activity both from the Department for Work & Pensions and the Pensions Regulator in relation to public service pension schemes.
Anthony Collins Solicitors’ children law team was recently involved in the case of a young child whose mother had died, leaving her care in question.
Hashi Mohamed has successfully represented Cornwall Council in a judicial review that is likely to have far-reaching ramifications for local authorities.
This update sets out the most significant developments of the new public procurement directives.
The growing number of age discrimination cases offers a stark reminder to employers to think twice before basing any headcount reduction policies on age.
This article provides a checklist to assist in both preventing long-term sickness absence and managing such absence in the most efficient manner.
The Supreme Court has handed down its judgment in the long-running case of Woodland v Essex County Council and in the process rewrote the common law.
At present, there is no requirement on governing bodies of maintained schools to prioritise the skills of a prospective governor, but that is set to change.
Alan Harper explains the general rules in relation to the ownership of the main types of intellectual property.
The Department for Education has issued new advice reminding schools of what they are (and aren’t) entitled to charge for, and how to go about charging.
The amount of capital funding an HEI receives from the Higher Education Funding Council for England depends on how much that HEI has reduced its carbon emissions.
In response to concerns about the growing number of judicial review cases, the government has consulted on proposals for further reforms to judicial review proceedings.
During January 2014, the High Court gave a judgment in an appeal case that has important implications for residential care providers.
No5 Chambers’ Ian Dove has been interviewed for an article in Planning Magazine. Dove was discussing how local authorities are struggling to meet their ‘duty to co-operate’.
The final version of the revised public benefit guidance has now been published, which replaces all previous guidance.
In a long-anticipated move, the Regulator published its discussion paper on charging fees for regulation on 10 February 2014.
Ben Williams of Kings Chambers has advised Blackpool Borough Council in respect of an early-morning restriction order.
The European Commission has announced that it intends to open a detailed investigation into possible state aid for the Hinkley point nuclear new-build project.
This newsletter provides a cross section of cutting-edge issues in the ever-more convergent fields of intellectual property, technology and media.
As test results from a public laboratory in West Yorkshire find more additives in food products, Eversheds’ health and safety partner David Young considers the consequences.
Since the current UK government was formed in 2010, it has been keen to promote industrial and provident societies and mutuals as part of the diversity of the UK economy.
HM Treasury published the long-awaited ‘Fair Deal for staff pensions: staff transfer from central government’ guidance in October 2013.
The licensing committee of Blackpool Council has unanimously decided not to recommend the imposition of an early-morning restriction order.
The national UK household recycling rate has risen from 11 per cent in 2000 to 43 per cent, working towards our EU target of 50 per cent.
Mark Mullins of Outer Temple Chambers is representing Christine Nolan in the collective redundancy consultation case of USA v Nolan.
Hogan Lovells has co-hosted an event with social enterprise Bite the Ballot at the Elizabeth Garret Anderson school in Islington to mark National Voter Registration Day.
The education team at Eversheds has successfully been appointed to the Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC) Legal Services Framework.
Lisa Tye and Kathryn Jump have joined Shoosmiths’ Manchester office, where they will be working alongside Melaine Grimshaw and Marcus Woody.
The case of Birmingham City Council v Emery serves as a reminder that in community schools the employer is the local authority, not the governing body of the school.
This briefing dicusses two cases involving an out-of-date local plan, a revoked regional spatial strategy and the National Planning Policy Framework.
Tim Jones of No5 Chambers was the examiner for the Cringleford neighbourhood development plan and recommended that the plan should proceed to referendum.
Further education colleges — VAT download
The First-tier Tribunal has decided that certain students of further education colleges are treated as receiving their tuition ‘free of charge’, and thus not giving rise to a business activity.
The Public Sector Procurement Directive will make it easier for charities, social enterprises and public sector mutuals to deliver public services, according to Winckworth Sherwood.
From 14 January 2014, reports made by coroners to help prevent future deaths will be routinely published online.
Pensions issues are going to change, and while the new regime will simplify matters for outsourcing providers, that simplification may come at a cost.
Further tranches of draft rules under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 have been released for consultation by the Department of Finance.
Claire Jackson of Kings Chambers has acted for Manchester City Council in an appeal relating to the non-payment of council tax.
A client was served with a health and safety improvement notice after failing to provide its local council with a written scheme of examination concerning a coffee machine.
Tax support for the UK onshore shale gas industry: an innovative approach to an unconventional fuel reserve download
The government is ambitious to support industry in its exploitation of shale gas as a new source of energy supply.
The new procurement directives were approved by the European Parliament on 15 January. They will now be published in the Official Journal of the EU.
Plans were announced this month to give the public a right to challenge the use and retention of central-government-owned sites.
The European Parliament has approved the final form compromise text of the new public sector and services concessions public procurement directives.
Look out for charitable trusts download
Land was given to Dartford Borough Council in 1903 ‘to be appropriated and used in perpetuity as a public recreation ground and for no other purpose whatsoever’.
Ian Dove of No5 Chambers has led a successful appeal against Broxtowe Borough Council to construct housing on the land adjacent to Hempshill Hall in Nottingham.
Kings Chambers has announced the addition of Leo Charalambides as an associate tenant to provide further strength to its licensing team.
The EU Parliament has finally approved the text of the new public procurement directives (the ‘classic’ directive, utilities directive and concessions directive).
On 15 January 2014, the new established Italian Transport Authority (ITA) — Autorità di Regolazione dei Trasporti — became operative.
Competition in the NHS download
One of the most controversial aspects of the Lansley reforms was the drive towards applying market principles to the NHS.
The government will double the amount of tax that local councils in England can retain which is raised from shale gas sites.
Elizabeth Shepherd, renewable energy expert at Eversheds, has commented on the UK government’s latest announcement on shale gas incentives.
The thorny issue of the drafting of conditions went before the High Court in R (oao) Teresa Sienkiewicz v South Somerset District Council and Probiotics International Ltd.
The draft Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) Regulations 2014 are due to come into force in early 2014.
Health Alert — 13 January 2014 download
DLA Piper has released the 13 January 2014 issue of its Health Alert, which focuses on judgments, legislation and reports in the health sector.
The government has launched its Right to Contest scheme.
Three Raymond Buildings has built, and continues to build, an excellent reputation in the area of public law.
We are regularly instructed by disciplinary authorities and respondents in proceedings dealing with the full spectrum of professional misconduct.
We are experts in coronial law and appear in inquests as well as claims for judicial review of coroners’ decisions.
Addleshaw Goddard has announced the arrival of commercial litigation expert Bill Gilliam, previously head of Eversheds’ health and life sciences practice.
Bristows has appointed partner Rosemary Choueka and announced the promotion of three associates to the partnership next May.
Social landlords continue to ask an age-old question: what to do with those left in occupation following the death of a tenant, or after a tenant parts with the whole of the property.
Barristers are staging a mass walkout today in protest against the cuts to legal aid implemented this year.
Winckworth Sherwood has released its December issue of Heads Up, which discusses the issues that faced education throughout 2013.
The European Commission has just revised the thresholds for the application of the EU public procurement directives.
The European Commission has announced that it will be changing the advertising thresholds under the public procurement rules with effect from 1 January 2014.
First LPA to be put into ‘special measures’ for failing to meet targets on the processing of planning applications download
Blaby District Council has become the first local planning authority to be put into ‘special measures’ for failing to meet targets on the processing of planning applications.
The European Commission has provided the finalised and agreed threshold values to apply from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2015 for the procurement of public contracts.
On 12 December 2013, the Information Commissioner’s Office published an information sharing and data protection checklist.
Walker Morris provided legal input at LRS Consultancy’s recent event ‘Recycling services: avoiding exposure and turning TEEP to your advantage’.
Kings Chambers has released the latest edition of Highway Law — a well-established practitioner text on all aspects of the law governing highways.
Protective costs orders (PCOs) are a mechanism whereby the court can impose a limit on the actual or potential costs liability of a party.
The European Commission has published the revised euro thresholds for the application of the procedures for the award of contracts under the EU public procurement directives.
In Woodland v Essex County Council the Supreme Court reviewed the law on non-delegable duties of care and set out the criteria when a non-delegable duty arises.
A few recent cases have thrown the spotlight onto a sometimes forgotten factor in possession proceedings.
Hogan Lovells’ pro bono team has achieved a significant victory in a Fair Housing case.
The Supreme Court has granted permission to appeal in the case, which concerns the registration of an area of beach known as West Beach in Newhaven, East Sussex.
The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (Cth), which establishes a new public interest disclosure scheme for the Commonwealth public sector, comes into force in January.
Eversheds has advised Southwark council on London’s first district heating system, harnessing energy from waste, to heat 2,500 homes.
The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) is expected to commence operation on 1 January 2014.
Two challenges to decisions of the secretary of state were heard by Mr Justice Lewis in respect of the ‘Tetbury appeals’.
The Academies Capital Maintenance Fund is available for academies to improve the condition of their school buildings and expand their facilities.
Judgments handed down from the People’s Court all over the country will be available online from 1 January 2014, as part of the initiative by the Supreme People’s Court of China (SPC) to increase judicial transparency.
The relief is available at the discretion of the relevant local authority under the powers granted to it at section 47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988.
In P and Q v Surrey County Council & Others, the Court of Appeal approved Parker J’s suggested new ‘relative normality’ test for assessing whether or not someone was being deprived of their liberty.
Beleaguered Law Society officials are braced for up to 1,000 angry criminal legal aid solicitors to swamp a special meeting in less than a fortnight’s time as the row over Chancery Lane’s leadership peaks.
The Chambers UK Bar Guide has ranked No5 Chambers in 15 practice areas.
Who now has the right to succession? download
It is important to know what changes have been made to the statutory regime for succession to a tenancy when a tenant dies.
This month, the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance released the Intellectual Property Guidelines for the Victorian Public Sector.
Rules to support the new framework for Commonwealth agencies, authorities and companies will be made under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.
Walker Morris will be at the LGG Annual Governance Conference 2013, held at County Hall, London, on 26–28 November 2013.
Local authorities are increasingly using innovative methods of delivering library services, including transferring libraries to community ownership.
The UK government maintains its drive to promote industrial and provident societies and staff mutuals with the publication of a recent consultation on IPS reforms.
The EU has issued a set of rules to make sure that the way public bodies buy does not distort competition nor affect trade between member states.
Since December last year, the government has been seeking to reform the process for bringing a judicial review claim.
The Public Sector Equality Duty was brought in by the Equality Act 2010 and came into force in April 2011.
The London Boroughs of Barnet and Harrow have entered a partnership agreement with Bevan Brittan as the two councils become the first local authority to apply for an ABS licence.
Eversheds decided against pitching for a role on the expanded NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) panel at the latest review despite working on six of its nine ‘lots’ since 2009.
Dacheng has been named as an outstanding legal aid provider by the Beijing Bureau of Justice.
A review of the demand-driven funding system for higher education has been announced by the minister for education.
The next few years will see significant changes in the public sector pensions arena.
Clamping down on unlawful subletting download
The Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 came into force on 15 October 2013. It addresses the overwhelming statistics relating to unlawful subletting and housing fraud.
Peter Hubbard has been announced as the new senior partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors.
Freddie Humphreys has joined Kings Chambers’ planning and public law team.
Walker Morris has been ranked in 27 practice areas in the 2014 edition of Chambers & Partners.
The consultation on further reforms to the Community Infrastructure Levy closed in May 2013. The government has now published its response to the consultation.
On 15 October 2013 the Office of Fair Trading (the OFT) launched a study into the market for the supply of information and communications technology (ICT) to the public sector.
On 16 September 2013, the Charity Commission published its revised public benefit guidance for all charities.
David Kilduff of Walker Morris will be speaking at APSE’s lunchtime briefing session on the vision of municipalised energy.
On 23 October 2013, the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the long-running case of Woodland v Essex County Council and in the process rewrote the common law.
Under this new policy, in force since April 2013 but amplified by a new iteration in July 2013, bidders for government contracts valued at more than £5m must self-certify their tax compliance.
Automatic suspension not lifted ... sort of — Covanta Energy Ltd v Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority
It seems that there are still some procurement exercises under way that were begun before the implementation of the Remedies Directive in 2009.
In April, Mills & Reeve blogged on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s guidance on complying with the Public Sector Equality Duty from a procurement perspective.
The Ministry of Justice has been fined £140,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office for a serious breach of the Seventh Data Protection Principle.
The new directive on concessions is intended to clarify and standardise requirements and produce a more level playing field.
The Department of Health has just published the new versions of the standard NHS terms and conditions for the supply of goods and for the provision of services.
The new directive on public procurement is in the final stages of its journey into the statute book.
Mills & Reeve has recently examined a couple of cases that illustrate two different approaches of the courts to the application of time limits for procurement challenges.
Mills & Reeve reviews NHS England’s recently published guidance on consultations for the NHS: Transforming Participation in Health and Care.
Hogan Lovells has hired partner Eduardo Ustaran to join its global privacy and information management practice.
In July 2013, the government opened a consultation on the terms on which the public sector would invest public money into public-private partnership projects.
After nearly two years of waiting, the new utilities procurement directives are close to being adopted.
Lorna Meyer QC from No5 Chambers has represented the appellant mother in Re W (A Child)  EWCA Civ 1227.
The new Fair Deal provides for staff who have their employments transferred from a public sector employer to a private contractor to continue to be members of the public service scheme that they were in before.
Allen & Overy looks at the new Fair Deal policy and its implications for employers tendering for contracts to provide public services.
SEC proposes pay ratio disclosures download
The pay ratio disclosure would be required in all filings that require disclosure of executive compensation matters under Item 402 of Regulation S-K.
Eversheds’ Gary Delderfield has commented on the Fair Deal guidance issued by HM Treasury following a review of the existing Fair Deal guidance.
The Fair Deal sets out the principles that will ensure that staff compulsorily transferred out of the public sector will continue to have access to their existing public service pension schemes.
HM Treasury has published new guidance on its Fair Deal policy. This follows a lengthy consultation process beginning in March 2011.
The government has announced a £6m grant funding programme to help local authorities to develop new heating and cooling networks and expand existing networks.
Earlier this year, the government announced that it would drastically reform care funding to remove the uncertainty and fear caused by unlimited care costs.
The international inquiries and investigations team is made up of more than 200 lawyers worldwide and is able to quickly mobilise dedicated resources.
We are regularly instructed by sovereign states, state entities, international bodies and multinational corporations on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters.
The government has introduced a quiet but seemingly highly successful revolution in the preparation of development plans. The headline was the revocation of regional spatial strategies and the supposed devolving of power back to local planning authorities to shape their districts.
Allen & Overy has advised Hapag-Lloyd on the successful placement of a €250m (£210m) high-yield bond under New York law.
Allen & Overy has advised Saudi Arabian solar company Sun & Life on the acquisition of the insolvent solar division of the Flabeg Group.
The tenancy can be terminated by service of a notice to quit (NTQ), which expires at the end of a full period of the tenancy, if it is periodic.
As the US government shutdown grinds on, the impacts are being felt around the world.
Memery Crystal has improved on its rankings in the latest UK Legal 500, which was released on 26 September 2013.
On 6 September 2013, the minister for women and equalities published a statement on the outcome of the review.
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that ‘liking’ a Facebook page is ‘pure speech’ as well as symbolic expression.
Schools and colleges might choose to appoint an expert third-party contractor to provide a service for a fee, rather than it being provided in-house or by the council.
No5 Chambers has announced that Mark Anderson QC and Nageena Khalique have been shortlisted for The Chambers 100 UK Bar.
An employer’s failure to allow an employee to have his appeal against the rejection of a grievance dealt with by a different manager could amount to a breach of the implied duty of trust and confidence.
The UK government maintains its drive to promote industrial and provident societies and staff mutuals with the publication of a recent consultation on IPS reforms.
Kings Chambers is ideally placed to provide expert advice and representation in regard to all issues in relation to the many public services and functions delivered by local government.
Our large public law team includes leading silks and juniors undertaking all aspects of judicial review and public law work for both claimants and defendants.
The law requires commissioners to involve the public when making changes to the provision of NHS healthcare. This is an area fraught with difficulty.
Circle Housing Group, the social housing provider for London and the South East, has kicked off a tender process for its legal panel worth up to £8m.
A Newcastle law firm that claims to have won billions of pounds for female public sector workers in equal pay cases is to close at the end of next month as its English caseload has dried up.
The European Commission has published amendments to the state aid Enabling Regulation (Council Regulation 994/98) and the state aid Procedural Regulation (Council Regulation 659/99).
In May 2013, the Cabinet Office published a short procurement policy note called ‘Procurement for growth: a recipe for success’.
A recent case from the European Court of Justice warns that contracts between public authorities are not exempt from the procurement rules.
The legal team at Kent County Council (KCC) have contributed over £3.7m to the council after announcing record profits for the 2012/13 financial year.
As publicly funded bodies, both academy trusts and governing bodies of maintained schools will need to comply with the provisions of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006.
Outer Temple Chambers barrister John McKendrick is acting for the local authority in a case before Mrs Justice Eleanor King, sitting in the Court of Protection.
Procurement — a case law update download
This note is a reminder of the time limits within which challenges under the Public Contract Regulations 2006 may be brought.
The government is making available £20m of funding for ‘innovative and ambitious’ Green Deal projects put forward by local authorities.
If better end-of-life care depends on more funding, expect only a higher number of claims against the NHS
Some local authorities may have been concerned by the decision of Mrs Justice Slade in AC v Devon County Council.
Outer Temple Chambers’ public law team acts in relation to a broad range of public law work, but with particular emphasis on public law issues connected with Chambers’ other core substantive areas of work.
Outer Temple Chambers is a leading set in the field of disciplinary and regulatory work noted in the legal directories as a first-tier set and is the current Chambers and Partners Disciplinary Set of the year 2013.
Pillsbury’s regulatory practices offer a wide range of counseling related to compliance, regulatory hearings and investigations, and public policy.
Aleksandra Raach, a Croatian attorney in co-operation with Karanovic & Nikolic, has spoken at a recent waste management conference.
The European Commission has launched a much-anticipated consultation on the future of Europe’s legally binding waste and recycling targets.
The coroner made several recommendations to the local authority in respect of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
The Department for Education has released its draft School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document 2013.
From 1 April 2013 a new system has come into being, allowing local authorities to retain up to 50 per cent of the income they receive from business rates.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has consulted on proposals to give more statutory force to the Local Authority Publicity Code.
In 2012, the Audit Commission reported that social-housing fraud accounts for the largest losses, arising from fraud, in local government.
Paul Hastings’ London office has taken an advisory role for the corporate finance group behind a plan to distribute shares in RBS and Lloyds Banking Group to the public as part of the banks’ planned privatisations.
The Government’s litigation advisors, the Treasury Counsel, have waded into the row over legal aid cuts and warned that changes to the judicial review (JR) system will leave public bodies unaccountable to the public.
Walker Morris has been appointed to the West Yorkshire Legal Services Framework.
Al Tamimi & Company has opened a new office in Ras Al Khaimah.
Bring Your Own Device Guidance issued by ICO. Walker Morris continues to invest in specialist expertise with partner and director promotions
Proposed changes to Register of Charities from 2014.
The Department for Education aims to contribute £392m for the current financial year to the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund.
Green’s minister Shane Rattenbury has introduced the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Amendment Bill 2013 into the ACT Legislative Assembly.
There is increasing interest by local authorities in joining with housing associations and developers in joint ventures.
Many local authorities have come to appreciate the particular financial dynamics of large strategic sites.
The European Commission has published the first revised draft GBER for consultation.
The May 2013 issue of Winckworth Sherwood’s E-gen publication is available now.
Public international law is of increasing relevance to our clients, both in contentious and non-contentious matters.
Advising on both transactions and litigation, our public law team has proven its world-class expertise covering all aspects of public economic law.
Shoosmiths discusses the High Court’s decision in Kenya Aid Programme v Sheffield City Council.
The spring 2013 issue of Walker Morris’s Procurement Update covers topics such as the EU procurement reforms, the Utilities Directive and NHS healthcare services.
Winckworth Sherwood has expressed concerns over the UK benefit system changes.
Hogan Lovells has announced that Washington DC partner Mike McGill has been named on this year’s Law360 Rising Stars list.
Winckworth Sherwood has appointed Nikki Lynds-Xavier as partner in its housing management team.
This article revisits the substantive policies of the NPPF and considers its impact on the retail, office and residential sectors.
School expansion projects in England download
The number of pupils in England is rising and there are high levels of demand for pupil places, which local authorities are struggling to meet.
Winckworth Sherwood’s Karen Cooksley has commented on the simplified National Planning Policy Framework — which marked its first anniversary on 27 March 2013.
Karanovic & Nikolic held a business briefing on the new Law on Public Procurement on 27 March 2013 at its offices in Belgrade.
Capsticks has acquired Coffin Mew’s social housing team in a move that will enable it to compete with rivals such as Devonshires and Trowers & Hamlins.
The last five years has seen the end of a love-in between central government and housing associations. The government likes local authorities again — or at least hates them less.
It has been held that commingled collections of paper, metal, plastic and glass are compliant with the requirements of the EU Waste Framework Directive.
Walker Morris has released its In Brief publication for March 2013.
Hogan Lovells’ Lucas Osorio is the exclusive winner of International Law Office’s Client Choice Awards in the public law category for Spain.
Bowman Gilfillan has extensive experience in advising corporate clients and governmental bodies on the interpretation and application of laws.
Gary Veron has joined Hogan Lovells’ government regulatory practice as a partner in the Washington, DC, office.
King & Wood Mallesons (Australia) appoints Stephen Minns as chairman of Australian board.
Chadbourne’s Alpert is named ‘All-Star MVP’ in the BTI Client Service Law Firm All-Stars 2013 survey.
The legal teams at the London boroughs of Merton, Kingston, Sutton and Richmond are to merge following final approval from Merton Council.
The MOLITOR team provides legal assistance to real-estate investors, construction companies, developers and operators of commercial property.
The Irish government’s go-to law firm Arthur Cox has picked up almost half of the legal fees paid out by the state in the last five years.
The Curtis Public Company and Corporate Governance practice is dedicated to advising our public company clients on securities regulatory and stock-exchange-listed company compliance matters, as well as all aspects of corporate governance.
Curtis’s criminal defence and government investigations group represents clients in criminal and civil investigations and enforcement actions by federal and state prosecutors and regulators.
Mayer Brown’s government relations practice helps shape policy, legislation and regulations in the US, Europe and around the world.
Government departments, agencies and statutory authorities rely on King & Wood Mallesons for their most complex legal issues and strategic advice.
Our pro bono practice draws on the experience of our professionals worldwide to improve the lives of those without access to justice or the means to hire lawyers and to meet the legal needs of charities and non-profit social enterprises.
Our expert Regulatory & Compliance Team includes former FSA and SFO investigators and former in-house lawyers, giving us valuable insight into both regulators’ mindsets and clients’ needs.
The Government Procurement Service (GPS) has finally named the 48 firms to win spots on its revamped Legal Services framework panel, which replaces the previous Legal Services and ‘LitCat’ panels.
It is well established that, when determining planning applications, planning authorities must proceed upon a proper understanding of the development plan.
Chancellor George Osborne has used this week’s Autumn Statement to unveil a wave of infrastructure projects including new schools, hospitals and defence accommodation.
September 2012: Pensions update download
An overview of issues facing the pensions sector, covering public sector pension reforms and data protection issues.
The Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) review of a merger between two NHS Foundation Trusts is the first of its kind.
The right for community and other groups to challenge the way in which public services are delivered, which is set out in the Localism Act 2011, has been bolstered by new Regulations and draft Guidance.
Since the publication of the 2011 Healthcare Barometer, the industry has experienced a roller coaster of ups and downs in relation to healthcare reform.
The Cabinet Office has produced a Procurement Policy Note to inform commissioners and procurers of what they need to do to comply with the Social Value Act.
Birmingham Law Centre has turned to Birmingham City Council as it fights for its future, warning that without local support it could close.
Assessing the impact of the recent changes to the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 download
On 1 October 2012 important changes to the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 came into force, affecting the duties of waste collection authorities and waste disposal authorities.
The Court of Justice of the European Union has confirmed that the financing of infrastructure projects is subject to the European State aid rules.
Transport for London (TfL) has cut its legal panel from 12 firms to 11 following a review, with Clifford Chance and Travers Smith among four firms to exit the roster.
The BBFC has appointed Patrick Swaffer — a former senior and managing partner of Goodman Derrick — as president.
Bevan Brittan and Trowers & Hamlins have advised the London Boroughs of Barnet and Harrow on the merger of their legal teams.
Five firms have won panel places to handle insurance litigation claims on behalf of a group of London boroughs.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) is set to reshuffle its sector-based approach in a decision that sees it move away from a formal focus on its troubled public-sector practice.
The growing importance of public international law and global human rights practices were examined at The Lawyer’s latest roundtable discussion
Protesters at the “Occupy” camp in Finsbury Square on the edge of the City’s financial centre were evicted in the early hours of this morning after the Master of the Rolls refused them permission to appeal.
An in-house local authority legal team has won a breakthrough case against unlawful council tenant subletting.
Five law firms have been re-appointed to the Welsh Government’s legal panel but three firms have lost their places.
Birmingham City Council’s corporate director of governance Mirza Ahmad has left his position after more than a year of uncertainty following a restructure of senior management at the local authority.
Low partner rates have emerged as a key issue in a panel review for one of the NHS’s largest consortia covering London and the Midlands.
Four local authorities in the West of England have pooled together to appoint 12 law firms and 20 barristers’ chambers to a series of shared legal panels.
£330m cost-saving initiative could see law director role axed and lawyers liable for negligence
The recently established Housing Associations’ Legal Alliance (HALA) has appointed its first panel of legal advisers, the latest in a series of organisations seeking to pool legal resources ahead of impending public sector cuts.
The newly merged legal departments of Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire’s county councils have appointed a director of legal services.
Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire’s county councils are to merge their legal departments from 1 October in what will create a single function with a £3m external legal spend.
Regional development agency One North East has abandoned its formal panel review process in favour of using a more informal list.
Southwark Council is to radically overhaul how it uses the bar by teaming up with Lambeth Council to create a chambers panel.
Manchester Metropolitan University has revamped its legal panel with the appointment of four firms to the new roster.
A consortium of boroughs in London and Kent have appointed 26 firms to a new joint 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.
When government agency OGC Buying Solutions established its new legal service framework in 2007, firms of every size and shape were encouraged to pitch for places on one of eight panels in the hope of winning more government work.
A group of 50 East Midlands local authorities has reviewed its advisers, expanding its joint panel to include DLA Piper and Anthony Collins Solicitors, while kicking off Ashfords.
Twenty five local authorities in the North West of England have appointed 35 firms and 26 chambers to a new panel.
With local governments facing major cuts over the coming years, the legal departments of these entities are under increasing pressure to drive efficiencies.
Water and sewerage regulator Ofwat has announced its first-ever legal panel with Addleshaw Goddard, Norton Rose and Wragge & Co making the mark.
As the number of public sector data protection breaches continues to rise, the Government has decided it’s time to get tough.
Birmingham City Council’s (BCC) corporate director of governance Mirza Ahmad is facing redundancy as the local authority considers restructuring its senior management.
The legal department at Kent County Council (KCC) is teaming up with regional firm Geldards to create a single brand for public sector work capable of taking over local authority legal departments.
National housing and regeneration body the Homes Communities Agency (HCA) has appointed 14 firms to its first major panel.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has picked up the position as sole adviser on employment and HR issues for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
?Waltham Forest Council has named Terry Osborne as its new director of governance and law.
Birmingham City Council (BCC) has completed the tender for its £6m legal panel, which 38 other local authorities are able to access.
Five North East local authorities are to club together for the first time to create a joint legal panel.
Water and sewage industry regulator Ofwat is looking to put together its first-ever legal panel and is in the process of asking firms to tender for places.
Kent County Council is sending a delegation to Inner Mongolia’s largest city Baotou in a bid to capture legal work related to future UK inward investment.
Twenty two councils, police and transport authorities have clubbed together to draw up a four-year panel of firms and chambers.
The Legal chief at the London Borough of Hackney has restructured her legal department to create better-defined career paths for her lawyers.
A silk from London set Old Square Chambers is about to step back into the limelight after being instructed in injunctive actions against both British Airways and Royal Mail.
BT Retail general counsel Gordon Moir has left the company after 10 years to join the Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) as company secretary.
London Borough of Hackney legal chief Gifty Edila is reviewing the authority’s barristers panel in a bid to cut down its £6m annual legal spend.
Six housing associations have clubbed together for the first time to instruct law firms jointly and reduce their respective legal bills.
The London Borough of Ealing is to look at reviewing its three-year-old panel of external law firms advising on overflow work.
The London Boroughs Legal Alliance (LBLA) is set to unveil its first law firm panel, with the successful candidates in line for a windfall from the group’s six local authority members.
Lend Lease Projects head of legal Martin Hirst has left the company for a new post at Northamptonshire County Council.
Regional development agency Advantage West Midlands has asked law firms to tender for its revamped panel.
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the newly-created public body charged with regenerating England’s housing stock, land and infrastructure, is asking firms to pitch for its legal panel.
Ashurst has helped clients Carillion and Interserve close two strategic Building Schools for the Future (BSF) projects in Durham and Sandwell.
Pensions body the personal accounts delivery authority (PADA) has named a former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner as its general counsel.
Richard Clayton QC has left 39 Essex Street to join 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square.
Local authority lawyers are embracing private practice methods as the sector faces increasing pressure to modernise
The interim head of legal at Durham County Council has left to set up a dedicated public law group at Dickinson Dees.
Under the terms of new Government regulations the UK’s largest law firms could face costly civil and criminal proceedings if they fail to report their electricity consumption accurately for public scrutiny.
A move towards a more American approach in fraud pleas throws up new issues, say Rod Fletcher and Shula de Jersey
The London Development Agency (LDA) has unveiled its streamlined legal panel, cutting its list of advisers from 18 to eight.
The launch of nine new unitary authorities has put the cosy world of the council lawyer on a collision course with the new, super-sized legal teams
Blackpool Council has dropped Eversheds as its external legal partner and appointed Trowers & Hamlins and Weightmans.
Kent County Council (KCC) is set to take the unusual step of launching a legal practice in Brussels.
The legal teams at the NHS regulator and all other adult healthcare supervisory bodies have been overhauled with the creation of super-watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Shropshire County Council legal chief Claire Porter has been given the top legal role at the new unified Shropshire authority.
Solicitors who are employed in the Government service are not required to comply with the same regulatory system as other solicitors. According to the Law Society and most of the legal profession, that exemption is not justified.
Leading corporate lawyers have spoken out against the politicisation of the debate over regulation of Europe’s private equity and hedge fund industries, which is expected to form a critical part of the agenda in the forthcoming European elections.
Addleshaw Goddard has bulked up its financial regulation group with the lateral hire of a partner from DLA Piper.
The Allen Stanford case highlights the powerful impact that government can have when agencies join forces to catch criminals.
Clare Algar, executive director at Reprieve, calls for honesty from the government to repair the damage done by those who were complicit in the rendition and torture of Binyam Mohammed, the Guantanamo detainee who returned to the UK this week.
Linda Thomsen, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s director of enforcement since May 2005, quit today following severe criticism in the wake of the Bernie Madoff scandal.
Mobile phone operator 3 has created the new role of head of competition and regulatory, hiring Simmons & Simmons senior associate Jane Jellis to lead the group.
Lovells has set up a taskforce to handle cases of bribery and corruption.
Tony Woodcock, commercial litigation partner, Stephenson Harwood
Proposals to allow more representative bodies to bring class actions on an opt-out basis have been put forward to the government today.
Consumer group Which? has complained to the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) about letters sent by Davenport Lyons to alleged file-sharers on behalf of copyright owners.
Three councils in Birmingham and London have opened their panels to other local authorities in a bid to slash costs.
The proposed regulation of third-party litigation funders has come under fire for failing to bring full transparency to the sector.
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) could face a £10m legal bill following the collapse of its £25m, six-year investigation into alleged price fixing by drug manufacturers.
Bevan Brittan has been drafted in to help local councils reclaim millions of pounds tied up in Iceland's crippled banks.
Bevan Brittan is set to launch a groundbreaking partnership with Kent County Council’s (KCC) legal team to target work from the healthcare sector.
Matrix Chambers has passed the 60-barrister mark with the hire of four new members as the former Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Ken Macdonald QC returns to the set.
Covington & Burling and Fulbright & Jaworski are among the firms appointed by President-elect Barack Obama to review investigations shelved during the Republican administration.
London-based Landmark Chambers and North West set Kings Chambers have launched independent think tanks to develop their respective areas of law.
The London Borough of Hackney has recruited senior social service lawyer Suzanne Bond from the London Borough of Hillingdon.
A report has found that the Russian court system has made great strides to entice oligarchs and businesses back to the country, months after it came under fire for lacking independence.
Corporate crises present opportunities to put compliance programmes at the heart of board strategy, leading in-house lawyers told delegates at The Lawyer’s global compliance conference last week (29 and 30 October).
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is to carry out a trial inspection at DLA Piper as it seeks to develop protocols for regulating City firms.
Eversheds health team decamps to Beachcroft" /Beachcroft has taken an 11-lawyer clinical negligence team from Eversheds in a bid to become the leading healthcare practice in England and Wales.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has won an appeal to turn the London Hippodrome into a casino in what could set a nationwide precedent.
By overriding traditional restrictions, is the Govt doing the right thing?
Westminster City Council, one of the richest local authorities in the country, is set to begin a major overhaul of its legal team.
Norton Rose creates anti-corruption group" /Norton Rose is launching an anti-corruption and business ethics group to tackle clients’ increasing focus on reducing their exposure to anti-fraud legislation.
Energy watchdog Ofgem has cut out the middle man and gone straight to the bar for advice on its investigation into energy suppliers.
As the dissolution of Heller Ehrman shows, the reality of trading conditions can overtake even the largest law firms. But what courses of action are open to you if it’s your firm’s future that’s at stake?
The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) has reinforced its call for more women and black minority ethnic (BME) people to apply to become judges after five places in the latest competition were allocated to women but no BME person was given a seat.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has accused the Law Society of overstepping its remit by launching a review of the regulation of the profession.
As legal affairs director of the biggest supplier of drugs to the NHS, Teva’s Alex Thrower believes that, when it comes to practising law in-house, prevention is better than cure.
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is to appeal the High Court’s ruling that one of the Government’s longest and most expensive prosecutions should be dropped.
The Law Society has commissioned a review which could see solicitors at large corporate firms fall under a separate regulatory regime from those on the high-street.
Dewey & LeBoeuf, Norton Rose and Travers Smith have all won roles on investment bank Nomura’s extended roster of preferred firms.
The Legal Services Board (LSB) has appointed Chris Kenny as its first CEO. Kenny is currently project director of the transition team that is establishing the Legal Services Board.
When politicians discuss the financial markets they generally appear to be talking about a parallel world. Pro or anti-regulation? Pro or anti-screwdriver? What matters is what the tool is used to achieve. Pro or anti-speculation? Speculation, or trading, is what markets are for – it is trading that makes a market work. ...
White & Case has secured a mixed ruling on one of the most anticipated judgments on competition law from the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) often makes headlines in the UK.
Victoria Prais travelled to Armenia to train newly qualified judges on the ins and outs of Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights – and found encouraging signs that the legislation is making an impact.
Debating whether public or private legal work is superior is a redundant exercise. Geoff Wild dispels some in-house myths
As The Lawyer revealed last week (22 September), the UK’s largest unitary authority Birmingham City Council is reviewing its legal panel of 21 firms.
Capsticks takes regional plunge in Birmingham" /London healthcare firm Capsticks is opening an office in Birmingham as part of a drive to take the firm national.
The Scottish bar has abolished the so-called ‘mixed doubles’ rule following consultations with the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the Scottish Government.
One Crown Office Row has hired Joanna Glynn QC from 23 Essex Street, taking the set’s tally of female silks to four.
Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith, Shepherd & Wedderburn and Slaughter and May have tied up the £12.5bn sale of power giant British Energy to EDF.
Both America and Great Britain are perceived as becoming more corrupt, according to a new world ranking by Transparency International.
Birmingham City Council, the largest local authority in the UK, is set to launch a panel review to revamp its roster of 21 firms.
Norton Rose bags Freshfields green adviser" class="inline_image inline_image_left" src="/pictures/web/images/13679_P5_nortonrose.jpg" /Norton Rose has poached Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer associate Giedre Kaminskaite-Salters to head the firm’s regulatory and policy practice on climate ...
Luxembourg’s practice of protecting investors’ interests through strict regulatory controls is standing it in good stead as the credit crunch bites deeper, says Ben Moshinsky
Nabarro has hired a counsel from Allen & Overy (A&O), doubling its core competition law capacity in response to an expected boom in the practice area.
Monckton Chambers has made a rare partner raid on magic circle firm Allen & Overy (A&O), signing up competition star Alistair Lindsay as a tenant.
European pharmaceutical and biotechnology company Merck Serono has hired European Aeronautic Defence ;and ;Space Company (EADS) counsel Robert Fairless to head its nascent UK and Ireland legal capability.
Wilsons bags BLP charity head; will open in London" /Salisbury-based charity and private client firm Wilsons has hired Berwin Leighton Paisner's (BLP) head of charity and is to open a London office in ...
Former Fladgate corporate head Nicolas Greenstone has been reprimanded by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for actions that led to a £27m fraud.
McDermott Will & Emery has lost the head of its Brussels office after Bird & Bird poached a two-partner competition team from the US firm.
The Law Lords have upheld an appeal by the Serious Fraud Office against a High Court ruling that it acted unlawfully in terminating a probe into a BAE Systems arms deal.
Tens of thousands of low paid local council and NHS workers could claim equal pay compensation following a landmark decision handed down in the Court of Appeal today (29 July).
Criminal defence set 25 Bedford Row has warned that the payment system for publicly funded ‘one case, one fee’ (Ocof) work is putting too much power in the hands of solicitors.
Pinsent Masons has scored its first major deal for bookmakers William Hill since a June panel review, ;advising ;the company on a deal to upgrade its online betting service.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has been appointed the solicitors to the inquest into the death of Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian shot dead by London police.
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has hit the US for its new general counsel, hiring Sidley Austin life sciences partner Dan Troy after a seven month search.
Personal injury (PI) lawyers have slammed the Ministry of Justice for its failure to implement far-reaching reform of the claims process.
Linklaters has shaken-up its competition and antitrust practice, moving partner Erik Söderlind from Sweden to Hong Kong to become the firm’s first head of competition and anti-trust for Asia.
The exodus of Serious Fraud Office (SFO) senior management has seen assistant director John Benstead enlist with litigation boutique The Khan Partnership.
The High Court’s Queen’s Bench Division (QBD) is in turmoil after being branded ‘chaotic’ by a raft of judges, some of whom claim not to have had a break in the past 10 months.Judges are calling for the management of the QBD to be overhauled, claiming that a lack of communication between the division’s departments has had a negative impact ...
The political and legal roles performed by the attorney general should be split, according to a committee of MPs. The justice committee said the Government's current reform proposals did not go far enough in restoring public confidence in the wake of controversies such as the Serious Fraud Office's probe into the BAE Systems and Saudi Arabia arms deal. "The draft bill fails to achieve the purpose given to constitutional reform by the Prime Minister," the committee's report said. The ...
The Serious Fraud Office is to create a general counsel-style role in response to a scathing review that branded the organisation as lacking clarity, focus and management.
The new Serious Fraud Office (SFO) director Richard Alderman started his new role three months ago and so far has had to contend with an appeal over the BAE fiasco, a scathing review by former New York City prosecutor Jessica De Grazia and the departure of four senior prosecutors from the unit.
The Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association (Pocla) was launched on Monday (16 June) at the Inner Temple Hall in front of 400 guests.
US firm Milberg announced yesterday that it had struck a $75m deal with prosecutors that will see criminal charges laid against it for a kickbacks scam dismissed.
Lawyers are constantly bombarded with warnings concerning any failure to comply with the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 (MLR 2007). The theory of these warnings is simple enough, but when applied in practice, it is all too easy to find yourself in breach of the law.
Former Morgan Crucible employee Ian Norris may have avoided extradition to the US, but don’t expect to see judges do the same for everyone, says Anand Doobay.
Thousands of lawyers took to the streets of Pakistan last week to demand the reinstatement of senior judges sacked last year.
#The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is considering proposals regarding chamges to complaints-handling and disciplinary proceedings against barristers. The most controversial recommendation is to expand the range of sentencing options. This includes increasing the maximum fine to £15,000 and giving disciplinary tribunals the power to order barristers to sit a professional ethics test. BSB chair Ruth Evans said: "The changes we've announced will make a good system even better."
#Detailed proposals for the introduction of alternative business structures (ABS) in the Scottish legal market will be drawn up following a Holyrood debate. The Scottish government's justice secretary Kenny MacAskill introduced a parliamentary debate that will pave the way for legislation on ABS. Last month members of the Law Society of Scotland voted in favour of the structures (The Lawyer, 23 May).First reported on TheLawyer.com, 11 June
Russian law firm Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners (EPAP) has called for Russia to reform its court system in a bid to entice oligarchs and businesses back to the country.
Clifford Chance ramped up its US pro bono credentials last Tuesday (10 June) when the UK-headquartered firm hosted a reception marking the launch of We Will Be Heard - a new book charting the decades-long struggle for constitutional rights ...
As businesses start to tighten their belts as the economic slowdown continues, cases are being brought any potential fraudster in a bid to regain some lost cash.
Plans to give the FSA power to grant immunity to whistleblowers are fine in principle - but clear guidelines are needed, argue Tom Epps and Shula de Jersey.
The beleaguered International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration in Paris has appointed replacement chairmen, following the current chairman’s recent shock resignation.
City lawyers are split over the extension of the pre-charge detention period to 42 days which was narrowly passed in the House of Commons on Wednesday.
Detailed proposals for the introduction of alternative business structures (ABS) in the Scottish legal market will be drawn up following debate in Holyrood today (11 June).
The Law Society has criticised Government plans to increase the period of time for which a person can be held before they are charged.
Eversheds is the subject of a complaint to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for abuse of its market position in the education sector.
The leading law firms involved in handling the British Coal compensation claims pulled in £174.3m in the last year, despite the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) continuing its investigations into several firms for misconduct.
#Legal services complaints commissioner Zahida Manzoor has slammed the Law Society's complaints arm for not providing value for money, after fining the body £275,000. Manzoor said the society, through the Legal Complaints Service and nominally the Solicitors Regulation Authority, had racked up costs of £36m. She added: "When the Office of ...
#Doughty Street Chambers has ramped up its immigration and public law offering with the hire of senior juniors from Matrix and Tooks chambers. The set snapped up Matrix barrister Charlotte Kilroy, who was called in 1999, shortly after 16-year call Tooks immigration and public law specialist Judith Farbey joined. Doughty Street joint chambers head Keir Starmer QC said: "This further strengthens our already impressive public law and immigration teams and really does show that Doughty ...
The former head of Milberg Weiss Bershad & Shulman (now known as Milberg), Melvyn Weiss, was sentenced to 30 months in prison last week (2 June) for his role in a kickbacks scheme relating to securities class action cases.
De-equitisation as a means to achieving greater profit per equity partner may be a common tactic in today's legal market - but firms must not underestimate the potential hidden costs, warns Colin Ives.
Never mind Britain's Got Talent - how can law firms ensure they get talent and attract the right blend of partners? Bill Cohen and Jon Clark give their views
The OFT has raided Barclays and the RBS as it launches an investigation in to the price-fixing of loans to professional services companies such as law firms.
A group of local authority legal teams are set to split from their authorities in a radical bid to create the UK’s first standalone public sector legal practice.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has appointed Slaughter and May associate Jackie Holland as head of competition within the advisory, policy and international group. Holland joined Slaughters as a trainee in 1993 before becoming a senior associate in the competition department. She joins the OFT as a director, reporting to group head Ali Nikpay. Holland said: "I'm looking forward to joining ...
Those of us old enough to remember 'Red Ken' Livingstone from the 1980s have been surprised at the longevity of his reincarnation as London's mayor - but now he is gone, swept away by a tidal wave of anti-Labour sentiment.
London litigation and commercial firm Bivonas has recruited 23 Essex Street head of financial fraud and crime Mark Rainsford QC.
Scottish firm Burness has beefed up its financial services regulatory practice with the hire of former Weil Gotshal & Manges associate Lorna ;Finlayson ;as ;a partner.
Thring Townsend Lee & Pembertons has unveiled an ambitious plan to more than double turnover within five years through strategic acquisitions.
Solicitors in Local Government (SLG) will be “the first port of call” on local government legal issues, the organisation’s new chair has vowed.
Law Society chief executive Des Hudson has been called as a key witness to defend his body’s decision to award £350,000 to miners amid claims that the regulator has a conflict of interest and should not be judging any of the firms involved in the saga.
Kent County Council's 'in-house private practice' legal team, KCC Legal, accounted for more than £1m of external income in 2007-08, the highest figure it has ever recorded.
Uncertainty shrouds litigation costs, which is putting obstacles in the way of access to justice, a panel of experts warned at The Lawyer's antitrust litigation conference ;last ;week (7 May).
The Northern Rock affair has called the UK's principles-based approach to financial services regulation into question, while the same could be said for the FSA's position as sole regulator.
As the row over the Serious Fraud Office's axed BAE Systems probe rumbles on, a long-overdue round of anti-corruption and bribery investigations could be in the works.
The European Parliament has agreed to amend its lobbying guidelines to distinguish between political petitioning and giving legal advice.
Government lines up One Essex Court star Lord Grabiner QC to defend it against a group of Northern Rock shareholders and hedge funds.
Former shareholders in nationalised bank Northern Rock have today (8 May) applied to launch a judicial review claiming the Government's proposed compensation package is inadequate.
Following a three-year battle the Information Tribunal has ordered the Government to disclose previously secret records of industry lobbying by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The tribunal's decision sets an important marker for the way that requests for lobbying materials should be treated in the future.
Norton Rose has transferred a seven-strong competition team from Brussels and London to Hong Kong.
In his first interview since being appointed as the first chair of the Legal Services Board ;(LSB), ;David Edmonds has vowed that the new regulator will be a "world-class agency".
City watchdog the Financial Services Authority is compiling its first-ever list of go-to external lawyers as turmoil in the sector it regulates continues apace.
The Office of Judicial Complaints (OJC) has ruled that the actions of Mr Justice Peter Smith, who should have recused himself from a hearing, amounted to misconduct.
Beachcroft has raided Eversheds for a five-strong health team including sector chief David Weatherburn, who is apparently worth up to £4m of revenues.
Dinah Rose QC and Philippe Sands QC inflicted an embarrassing High Court defeat on the Government last week.
More than 10 years and £10m in legal fees later, Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed has called off the lawyers from his bid to prove that there was a conspiracy to murder Princess Diana and his son Dodi.
The SFO acted unlawfully when it dropped its corruption investigation of BAE Systems’ Saudi arms deals, the High Court ruled today.
The Office of Fair Trading has promoted its director of cartel investigations Simon Williams to senior director of cartels and criminal enforcement.
The Law Society of Scotland is gearing up to overhaul its governance structure for the first time in its six-decade history.
A survey of European in-house legal chiefs has revealed that nearly half are most worried about bribery and corruption.
The biggest shake-up of health and safety law in more than 30 years came into effect at midnight on Sunday 6 April with the introduction of the Corporate Manslaughter Act.
Spanish firm Uría Menéndez has launched a public law practice in Portugal with the hire of a six-strong team from Sérvulo & Associados, headed by partner Bernado Ayala.
US law firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge (EAPD) has joined forces with anti-corruption agency Amicus Legal Consultants.
Clifford Chance has convinced the Competition Commission to allow terrestrial broadcast transmission companies Macquarie UK Broadcast Ventures and National Grid Wireless Group to merge.
Mobile phone operator 3 has raided Clyde & Co for competition lawyer Mark Warrington, who was the driving force in the UK's first consumer class action against JJB Sports.
Last November’s news about the loss of personal data by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) generated international publicity, a run of reports of other security breaches, and proposals for new legislation. But does ...
Mayer Brown recruits LG finance partner" /Mayer Brown has raided LG for partner Angela Hayes to boost its financial services practice.
A welter of equal pay claims has piled the pressure on the public sector legal system, but reforming the way tribunals work could ease the problem
They were essential for the construction of canals and railways and the development of utilities, but for a long time private bills have been overlooked. However, in the last few years local authorities and other bodies have been turning again to this form of legislation and Private Bills are making a comeback.
Total cost of case to exceed £10m as Al fayed's silks bill £575 an hour
Northern Rock passed into public ownership last Friday (22 February) following what was ultimately a very simple legal process.
Olswang has appointed Brian McDonnell from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) as a partner to launch its financial services practice in a drive to establish a three-strong team.
A London borough is remodelling its legal services department to mirror that of a private sector law firm. Barking and Dagenham council's radical shake-up will be a UK first for the sector, and involves recruiting three senior lawyers.
DLA Piper has recruited prolific financial institutions lobbyist Michael McKee of the British Banking Association (BBA) into its partnership.
Specialised Parisian boutiques are set to be the only winners resulting from the crisis at French bank Société Générale (SocGen) following trader Jerome Kerviel's loss of almost e5bn (£3.74bn).
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is to restructure just seven months after its creation, the Justice Secretary Jack Straw announced today (29 January).
Stephenson Harwood has boosted its corporate practice with the hire of competition partner Julianne O'Leary.
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has launched its first criminal prosecution for insider dealing, accusing the former general counsel at telecoms company TTP Communications of profiting from insider information.
The SEC is reeling after a second court decision dismissing allegations of hedge fund fraud.
Mayer Brown has bagged a senior official from the European Commission's competition arm, the second firm to tap the Commission in the space of a week.
Clifford Chance has scored a coup with the hire of the European Commission's top legal official.
Clifford Chance hires EC heavyweight for regulatory push" /Clifford Chance clients will be able to tap into expert advice on a range of European policies following the hire of the former director general of the European Commission's legal service.
The Civil Justice Council (CJC) is moving a step closer to regulating third-party litigation funding.
One of Mayer Brown’s most senior partners was indicted this week on charges relating to the collapse of commodities brokerage Refco.
Herbert Smith's long-standing EU/competition head Jonathan Scott has stepped down from the role with partner Elizabeth McKnight set to take over at the beginning of January.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) could bring its first criminal cartel prosecution after three British oil industry executives were found guilty of price-fixing by a US court.
The first representative action brought by consumer group Which? has been stayed at the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), with the two parties locked in settlement negotiations.
No5 Chambers has hired Mills & Reeve head of healthcare David Lock to set up a new public law group.
Supermarket mega-chains Asda, J Sainsbury and Safeway have pleaded guilty to fixing milk and dairy prices following a probe by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). The trio will have to pay a total of £116m in fines.
Technology firm Kemp Little has launched its dedicated competition and regulatory practice with the recruitment of partner Susannah Sheppard.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has established a costs committee to advise it on what rates personal injury (PI) lawyers can charge.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will today (26 November) put its recommendations to the government to encourage private competition actions.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has closed DLA Piper's complaint that a lobbying industry body was guilty of anticompetitive behaviour.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has boosted its privacy and information law group with a senior hire from the Information Commissioner's Office.
Anti-competitive companies, beware. There is a new regulator in town. It is tough, effective and saves the UK economy more than eight times what it costs the taxpayer.
Pinsent Masons has hired two associates into its partnership to boost the regulatory offering in the firm’s corporate group.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has strengthened its financial services regulatory team with the hire of a lawyer from the Financial Services Authority’s (FSA) enforcement division.
It's time for the FSA to toughen its stance on insider dealing, say Richard Lissack and Farhaz Khan
The failure of many EU states to implement Mifid hasn't stopped the European Commission from trying to push through the new regulations, says David Heard
SJ Berwin competition law associate James Dilley has taken up the post of competition partner at the London office of Martineau Johnson.
The Competition Commission has found that Tesco does not stifle competition, according to its provisional findings published today (31 October) after an 18-month investigation into the UK groceries market.
Three lobbying industry bodies have clubbed together in a perceived attempt to defuse DLA Piper's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) complaint for anticompetitive behaviour.
Sacker & Partners has sealed its reputation in the pensions market, advising the trustees of Telent's pension scheme amid intervention from the Pensions Regulator.
The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has finally announced its new president, more than eight months after Sir Christopher Bellamy retired from the post.
More than three-quarters of UK companies have seen an increase in regulatory inquiries and investigations over the past three years, according to research published today (15 October).
The Financial Services and Markets Tribunal has cleared Leeds firm Fox Hayes of negligence, overturning an earlier Financial Services Authority (FSA) decision.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has appointed regulatory firm Capsticks to work on investigations of allegations regarding fitness to practise.
Trevor Soames is a busy man. He heads Howrey's EU competition practice, is co-managing partner of its Brussels office and has now just taken over the top job at the firm's London office, albeit temporarily. Oh, and he has just broken his leg while paintballing with his son.
The Government’s promise to inject £11m a year into the Law Officers’ Department to tackle fraud has been welcomed by attorney general Baroness Scotland.
US firm Howrey is shaking up its London office, as the firm seeks to raise its profile in the City.
Mayer Brown has set up a global financial services regulatory and enforcement practice group made up of 50 lawyers across the firm’s London and US offices.
The European Commission (EC) has approved the mega-merger between Japan’s Sony and Germany’s Bertelsmann for the second time in three years.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has ramped up the hiring spree at its Brussels office, taking an eight-lawyer competition team from US firm McKenna Long & Aldridge.
The Irish Competition Authority was left red-faced after the Supreme Court's criticism of the ILCU case. Philip Andrews discusses the implications for future enforcement
The Supreme Court's overturning of the High Court's not-guilty verdict on Ireland's most famous insider dealing case is a crucial victory for businesses, say Conor McDonnell and Keith Smith
Beachcroft has bolstered its public law group with a key hire from NHS regulator, Monitor.
The lack of consumers named in Which?'s landmark representative action is not due to consumer apathy, according to lawyers on the case.
Representative action from consumer group Which? for wronged football-shirt customers has only signed up 130 individuals, The Lawyer understands.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has made two promotions in its US competition practice, making up a pair of its Washington DC-based associates to counsel.
The OFT yesterday (24 September) promised to push through measures that would make it easier for individuals and smaller businesses to seek compensation from anti-competitive groups.
Competition lawyers are predicting that Europe’s competition regulators will pursue abuse of dominance cases with renewed vigour now that Microsoft’s record fine has been upheld by Europe’s Court of First Instance (CFI).
Judges and eminent legal figures across Europe are set to launch a steering group to harmonise data protection for criminal proceedings.
US private equity house Carlyle has hired its first dedicated in-house lawyer for regulatory and governmental affairs, taking respected partner David Marchick from Covington & Burling.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) today has accused the UK's major supermarkets and dairies of price-fixing.
Europe’s second-highest court dismissed today a complaint by Dutch chemicals group Akzo Nobel against the European Commission (EC) in a judgment that has serious implications for in-house lawyers.
The European Union’s Court of First Instance (CFI) has backed Microsoft’s record €497m (£338m) fine from 2004 in a landmark antitrust decision that is a boon to Europe’s competition regulator.
DLA Piper OFT complaint" /The Law Society has endorsed DLA Piper's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) complaint against the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC) for anticompetitive behaviour.
Doughty Street Chambers is set to brave a storm created by former barrister Bruce Hyman, who is being sentenced for perverting the course of justice on Wednesday (19 September).
Ashurst, CC and Freshfields enable juniors' rugby dream" /Ashurst, Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer ...
Irwin Mitchell has scored a landmark High Court victory, resulting in the ruling that the Parole Board of England and Wales is not sufficiently independent from the Government to decide whether prisoners are lawfully detained.
Law firms with public affairs arms are gearing up for a battle with the lobbying industry body over the issue of confidentiality, and the dispute has turned acrimonious.
Human rights organisation Justice has called for fundamental reform of the system of indeterminate sentencing for public protection (IPP).
Baker & McKenzie has represented the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in an appeal in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
A parliamentary committee has launched an inquiry into allegations of torture by British troops in Iraq and allegations that British forces were told that human rights law did not apply there.
Lovells has won compensation from budget airline Ryanair in a pro bono appointment on behalf of some visually impaired passengers. The passengers were refused carriage on the grounds that their flight had already met its quota of 'mobility-impaired' passengers.
Lawyers and pro-democracy activists have struck a victory for the rule of law in Pakistan after succeeding in having the country's chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry reinstated.
The new competitive dialogue procedure’s ability to untangle complex contracts has made it part of the furniture in the UK’s procurement sector. By Stewart James
The Law Society is creating two new posts to promote pro bono work.
The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham is being sued by three legal advice centre users to stop it cutting grants to the local law centre.
Lawyers at Hammonds' London office have issued a call to arms on behalf of Paddington Law Centre in West London, which faces imminent closure unless donations are forthcoming.
The Law Society hosted a roundtable discussion last month (25 June) to promote wider peace talks in Colombia.
Foley & Lardner, LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae and King & Spalding are to provide pro bono legal advice to help combat-injured US soldiers apply for compensation.
Allegations of bribery against BAE Systems have come under renewed scrutiny after two social groups launched a challenge against a High Court decision to prevent a judicial review into the matter.
A former Allen & Overy (A&O) lawyer has had a prisoner's death sentence repealed two years after the lawyer's death.
The confiscation penalties under the Proceeds of Crime Act highlight the UK Government's commitment to tackling organised crime. By Gareth Rees QC and Jason Mansell
With a number of countries breaking down barriers on cross-border white-collar crime, UK nationals who breach their codes could find themselves facing foreign justice. By Robert Goldspink, Thierry Dalmasso and Mark Bravin
Carousel trading costs the EU more than £40bn a year. And governments are still struggling to clamp down on the practice. By Monty Raphael and Neil Swift
Israel has been criticised by human rights group Amnesty International for its "blatant violation of international law" in the West Bank.
The London office of US firm Debevoise & Plimpton and pro bono charity LawWorks have launched a legal advice clinic to assist 'social entrepreneurs' to set up charities, community projects or businesses with social aims.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued arrest warrants for two suspected Sudanese war criminals, marking the first time people involved with the violence in Darfur have faced sanction from the world's criminal court.
DLA Piper plays pro bono role in Cutty Sark preservation" /DLA Piper has helped to secure a lease for the trust preserving the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, one of the world's oldest ships and the only surviving 'tea clipper'.
The High Court of Malawi has declared the death sentences on all prisoners on death row unconstitutional in a landmark judgment that spells the end of the automatic death penalty.
Malcolm Iley, Trowers & Hamlins' so-called Godfather of local government lawyering, has stepped down as the firm's head of public sector.
Herbert Smith has worked on a pro bono basis to help Barnardo's set up a social enterprise arm, enabling the children's charity to generate revenue independent of donations.
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has launched a mission to investigate the arrest of Pakistan's top judge.
The European arm of Latham & Watkins is upping its pro bono effort, with London clocking up 4,000 hours on its own.
Lawyers in Pakistan have clashed with police over a decision by the country's president to sack the country's top judge.
The Law Society has been working on a project to promote pro bono legal services to Nigerian state governments.
A consortium of top non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has warned that a global initiative to control arms trading will be meaningless if it does not include a ban on the arms transfers that fuel human rights abuses and conflicts.
A campaign to raise awareness of pro bono in the UK has succeeded in one of its key aims - moving National Pro Bono Week (NPBW) from June to November.
The Vietnamese government has launched one of the most severe crackdowns on peaceful dissidents in 20 years, campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW) claims.
Newcastle-based Watson Burton is giving pro bono advice to Wallsend Boys Club, the amateur football club that produced the likes of Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley and Michael Carrick.
The High Court last week ordered BAE Systems to produce a sworn affidavit divulging how the aerospace giant obtained a confidential and legally privileged document belonging to pressure group Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT).
DLA Piper and Kent Law School's pro bono clinic are going head-to-head in a legal battle between supermarket giant Tesco and a group of employees.
Mexico's public security and criminal justice system has been slammed in a new report by Amnesty International.
DLA Piper helps African farmers set up carbon-trading deals" class="inline_image inline_image_left" src="/pictures/web/images/7371_11_probono.gif" /DLA Piper’s international pro bono affiliate New Perimeter has begun work on a project helping subsistence farmers in Africa to sell carbon credits created by tree-planting projects.
The murder of a journalist in Turkey has brought one of the country's most controversial laws further into the spotlight.
Newcastle-based Watson Burton has worked pro bono on a project to provide disadvantaged young people with access to sports facilities and coaching.
The Citizens Advice charity has slammed reforms to the legal aid system, claiming they will deny legal assistance to thousands of vulnerable people.
Lovells has been working on a pro bono project to set up a new centre to provide services for the physically disabled.
Blackstone Chambers is to launch the first legal action against the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Attorney General and Prime Minister Tony Blair over the decision to drop an investigation into BAE Systems' involvement with a Saudi Arabian defence contract.
Birmingham-based Wragge & Co has provided pro bono advice to make unused space in railway station buildings available to charities.
A crucial decision handed down by the appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) earlier this year is set to help bring justice to the victims of the country's 1994 genocide.
National pro bono group ProHelp is lobbying for the Law Society to grant continuing professional development (CPD) credit points for pro bono work.
The Vietnamese government has come under fire from activists for cracking down on free speech by enacting laws criminalising dissenting views on the internet.
A coalition of councils, probation boards and penal reformers has formed to lobby the Government to let local authorities play a greater part in tackling the UK's chronic problem of criminal reoffending and in rescuing its overloaded prison system.
DLA Piper joins PwC to aid disadvantaged school kids in New York" /DLA Piper's New York office has launched a pro bono project in the city, working with other activist legal groups for a government organisation to help improve facilities and access for the city's pre-school and primary students from low-income ...
A coalition of top legal, business and civil rights groups has failed in its bid to ensure better safeguards on how people can be extradited from the UK.
More than half the nation's law schools are now involved in pro bono work, new research reveals.
Sudanese lawyer and member of parliament Salih Mahmoud Osman is seeking to change Sudan's legislation to bring the country's state security forces within the rule of law.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Baker & McKenzie and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton have ...
The British Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has come under fire from civil rights organisations for allegedly failing to investigate claims of Government ministers' involvement in 'torture flights'.
Baker & McKenzie's IT team has been working on a pro bono project bringing satellite IT and telecoms support to a string of major charities, including Action Aid, Oxfam and Save the Children.
Colchester law firm Fisher Jones Greenwood has established a pilot charity legal service for young people in Essex, with assistance from the Legal Services Commission (LSC).
Allen & Overy (A&O) has advised on a landmark capital markets deal that the firm says provides a "big step" in creating a funding source for charitable organisations that does not rely on receiving donations.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is working with Business in the Community as part of a mentor programme to help homeless people find employment.
Shoosmiths' new head of CSR to augment pro bono offering" /Shoosmiths has appointed personal injury unit head Judith Dorkins to head the firm's corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme, giving the firm a coordinated approach to pro bono work for the first time.
Bird & Bird partner fights Govt over secret cache of diamonds" /Few cases feature elements as unusual as an unsigned will and a secret stash of antique diamonds. But the pro bono case that faced Lorna Brazell, an IP partner at City firm Bird & Bird, had both.
A former Simmons & Simmons lawyer is setting out to help vulnerable children in Pakistan and build up a network highlighting the value of pro bono work in the country.
Weil Gotshal & Manges has acted as pro bono counsel in an initiative by the United Nations World Food Programme to create the world's first weather-derivative transaction for humanitarian emergencies.
Edinburgh-based Shepherd & Wedderburn is working with youth enterprise charity the Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) on a new online resource for Scottish entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 25 who are trying to set up businesses.
CMS Cameron McKenna has begun a two-year partnership with Donmar Warehouse Theatre as part of its expanding corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme.
DLA Piper sets up mentoring scheme to help GCSE pupils" /DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has been working with two London secondary schools on an e-mentoring scheme for GCSE students.
Lawrence Graham duo tackles Mount Kilimanjaro for charity" /Lawrence Graham real estate partners spend the majority of their time sealing high-profile property deals, but give them some spare time and there's no telling what they will get up to.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has scored a rare success before the Privy Council on behalf of a Jamaican death row prisoner.
Simmons & Simmons has helped a North London charity stage a mock jury project for teenagers.
Linklaters applies City skills to Charity Bank pro bono advice" /Linklaters has advised on a groundbreaking piece of pro bono work that has allowed a charitable financial institution to raise capital through a debt issue.
Herbert Smith is expanding the scope of its pro bono work to include acting for parents of children with special educational needs. The move follows the launch of the firm's advocacy unit in May.
Manchester-based firm Colemans-ctts and the Trafford Law Centre launched a pro bono clinic in late January to provide debt advice for the local community.
Linklaters report labels global regulations as pro bono thorn" /Linklaters has published a report on the ways in which global pro bono initiatives are hampered by legal and regulatory systems.
A new online women's group is establishing a 'housekeeping kitty' to provide access to justice for women who cannot afford lawyers. The recently launched Womens Club International plans to offer interest-free loans and discretionary grants as a core service for members if they need to go to the law but cannot afford it.
The New York bar is calling upon law firms in the city to sign up to ambitious pro bono targets in a new initiative to coordinate standards.
Young entrepreneurs and voluntary groups are being trained by City firm DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary as part of a series of events backed by Barclays Bank and Ford Motor Company.
The Legal Services Commission (LSC) joined forces with charity Crisis over the festive period to offer homeless people free legal advice to help them make a new start in 2006.
The Legal Advice Centre (LAC) offered by the College of Law's Store Street branch has dealt with hundreds of pro bono cases since its creation five years ago.
Liverpool-based law firm Edwards Abrams Doherty (EAD) acted pro bono for the parents of Eileen Doran, a sufferer of an incurable brain disease who passed away last month, in their widely publicised High Court battle to preserve their daughter's life.
A charitable initiative to divert second-hand law books around the world aims to replenish the Supreme Court of Grenada's law library following its destruction last year by Hurricane Ivan.
Harper Macleod supports autism advocacy service" /Scottish firm Harper Macleod is providing pro bono support for a new advocacy service being launched by one of the UK's leading charities for people with autism.
The Solicitors Pro Bono Group (SPBG) has launched a study into how law faculties at universities promote a culture of free legal help, with the aim of identifying the level of the pro bono work carried out by each institution.
Law firms' and chambers' commitment to pro bono is a major lure in attracting the best students, according to a new survey. Some 2,140 students at the College of Law took part in major new research, which sounded out students on their views about their future careers.
DLA Piper's human rights plan" /DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary lawyers have helped to set the standards of human rights advocacy in southern Africa with the publication of a new litigation manual.
A pro bono initiative for lawyers is targeting in-house legal teams as a new and relatively untapped market.
Weil Gotshal & Manges is to increase its lawyers' minimum pro bono contribution to 50 hours per year. It has also relaunched its pro bono strategy in an attempt to change "the worldwide pro bono model that law firms use".
Allen & Overy (A&O) expects to have donated almost £60,000 by the New Year through its new scheme to direct interest on client accounts to London's voluntary legal sector. It recently paid £14,000 to the London Legal Support Trust, which represents two months' interest. The firm anticipates that a further payment in the region of £45,000 will be made on 1 January.
Lawyers taking part in the pro bono effort to help the victims of the London bombings have been attacking the government-run compensation scheme. Immediately after the attacks, the Law Society set up a helpline to direct the victims and their families to free legal advice.
A new firm has set up in the North West which wears its heart on its sleeve by committing to pay 2 per cent of income directly to charities. The lawyers behind Brunswicks, a new specialist firm in Birkenhead advising health and social care providers, have decided that they want to put ethics at the core of their practice. "We want to foster an environment where we take our responsibilities seriously and acknowledge that we are privileged to be among the higher-earning members of society," ...
The US legal profession has rallied around in the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, with Michael Greco, president of the American Bar Association (ABA), calling on lawyers to "do our part to help the country recover and rebuild".
The London office of US firm Covington & Burling is advising the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) at next year's Winter Paralympic Games in Torino on a pro bono basis. The firm had two lawyers in Athens for the 2004 Paralympics to advise the IPC, the international governing body of sports for disabled athletes, on a number of issues for its three-week duration.
A specialist Citizens Advice cross-border advice service handled disputes valued at more than £1m over the last 12 months and acted for almost two-thirds more European consumers than it did the previous year.
A district judge last month ruled that eight British football fans deported from Portugal during the Euro 2004 soccer tournament were not to be banned from attending future matches as they had not received fair trials. They would not have been able to clear their names if it were not for lawyers representing them on a pro bono basis.
The Free Representation Unit (FRU) was founded by a group of bar students who used to meet every week in the early 1970s in a smoke-filled room above the Griffin Inn on Clerkenwell Road. Some 33 years later, the FRU has finally gone professional, with the appointment of its first dedicated full-time director.
In the US last year, two-thirds of the legal profession gave free legal assistance to people of limited means and groups helping the poor, according to a new survey by the American Bar Association (ABA). The first national survey of lawyers' pro bono activity found that some 66 per cent of lawyers gave free legal assistance and volunteered an average of 39 hours of work during the year.
The National Youth Advocacy Service (Nyas) is a not-for-profit children's charity that offers advocacy services to children, young people, parents, carers and professionals. At present the service is struggling to deal with the demands of child asylum seekers looking for help.
The legal profession has launched a pro bono initiative to help the victims of the London bombings and their families. The Law Society has set up a telephone helpline to direct those affected by the bombings to free legal advice.
North East firm the Endeavour Partnership has joined forces with the NSPCC in a novel fundraising scheme. The firm was approached by the Institute of Directors, which sponsors the NSPCC, to back the charity, but instead came up with a new way of supporting the group and its projects, which involves splitting fees on selected areas of legal advice.
The Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) and the Solicitors Pro Bono Group (SPBG) this month announced the launch of a national pro bono scheme to link employment lawyers with those in need of advice. It aims to be the UK’s premier mechanism for allocating employment-related pro bono work, with a panel of 30 firms. The groups have created a panel of assessors, all of whom are senior employment lawyers, to review cases and decide the work required, the assistance needed and whether the ...
Six months after the Indian Ocean tsunami, Clifford Chance has raised more than $1m (£550,000) for the relief effort. Last December, the firm launched a fundraising exercise across all of its offices and committed to match fund collections up to $500,000 (£276,000). Over the past six months there has been a total of $538,000 (£297,000) raised through donations by individuals throughout the firm.
Islington-based compensation claims boutique Bolt Burdon Kemp is among a handful of firms at the forefront of a campaign to change the law relating to the time limit on suing over child abuse.
The registered charity Citizens Advice took the opportunity afforded by National Pro Bono Week to call on more lawyers to back its bureaux and claimed that the efforts of law firms were being surpassed by other professions.
“It’s perhaps the biggest miscarriage of justice in today’s system when the guilty walk away unpunished,” said the Prime Minister Tony Blair in June 2002. Dr Michael Naughton, of the School of Law at the University of Bristol, is reminded of that comment as he describes the reasons for setting up the Bristol Innocence Project. The initiative had its official launch last week to tie in with the fourth National Pro Bono Week.
Barristers at 1 Pump Court have raised funds to help build a pre-school in South Africa's Eastern Cape. In March, two members of the chambers, Melanie Johnson and Adrienne Barnett, drove from East London to seven miles outside Mthatha in the district of Libode to pay a visit.
Linklaters is set to launch a month-long programme of volunteering initiatives throughout June to coincide with National Pro Bono Week. The series of events is designed to encourage as many people within the firm as possible to "step forward and volunteer". The events will follow on from the firm's 'Time to Volunteer' scheme, launched last year, where all Linklaters staff are allowed an extra day off every ...
Allen & Overy (A&O) has called on its fellow City firms to join a new scheme in which the interest on client accounts is donated to prop up the increasingly thin civil legal aid budget via the London Legal Support Trust. "We expect this new avenue for raising funds to generate donations from Allen & Overy in excess of £200,000 over the next three years," comments senior partner Guy Beringer. "We hope ...
National law firm Halliwells has been added to Cancer Research UK's pro bono panel. The firm joins key players Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which works on major projects, Field Fisher Waterhouse, which advises on general commercial work and provides more day-to-day involvement, and Landwell, ...
Anand Beharrylal, a barrister of Trinidadian parentage who practises at specialist criminal set 15 New Bridge Street, is considering a possible forthcoming instruction.
There is "a demographic timebomb" ticking at the heart of publicly-funded community legal services, warned Nony Ardill, chair of the Access to Justice Alliance (AJA), at its first public meeting at London's City University, which was organised by this new coalition of community groups and lawyers.
Lawyers went back to school in Sheffield last term to help fight the slipping levels of literacy. "I find it shocking that, although we might be the fourth-biggest economy on earth, according to research there are 3.5 million people who go to work who can't read," says Adrian Budgen, the Irwin Mitchell partner who has just launched the firm's 'Right to Read' scheme. "In the UK, one in four adults are ...
Some 50 Law Centre lawyers, plus clients and supporters, marched on 11 Downing Street this month to call on Gordon Brown to protect the civil legal aid budget and improve funding for community law projects, for which it has been a bad year. "Sadly, Humberside Law Centre was closed this year, leaving that community without recourse to independent legal advice for employment, discrimination and immigration issues," says Steve Hynes, director of the Law Centres Federation. "Can you imagine ...
Howard Johnston has so far successfully fought off his ex-girlfriend's attempts to save frozen IVF embryos from destruction. He has always maintained that he neither wanted the financial or emotional burden of a child with Natalie Evans. She argued that the frozen embryos offered her the only chance to have children after her ovaries were removed to avoid a cancer threat.
Macfarlanes is currently running an e-mentoring scheme with an East London school. Under the scheme, the firm's lawyers have been paired with pupils facing their GCSEs in an attempt to demystify the City.
"She was a single mother who got herself into debt because she had to give up work following the collapse of her marriage," relates Stephen Llewellyn, special counsel at US firm Faegre & Benson's London office. "Added to this, her former husband had tried to abduct their son to another country."
Outer Temple Chambers silk Paul Garlick QC has been acting as an international monitor for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in its fight for justice reform in Azerbaijan.
Matrix Chambers barrister Karon Monaghan is acting pro bono for human rights charity Liberty in an attempt to have a same-sex marriage recognised by the English courts.
Norton Rose's employment department is blazing a trail for employment representation charity the Free Representation Unit (FRU).
Weil Gotshal & Manges has boosted its commitment to pro bono and charity work in London by picking disabled children's charity Kids as its UK charity partner.
A programme by the London office of Baker & McKenzie (B&M) aimed at ramping up levels of pro bono work (see The Lawyer, 27 October 2003) to match those in its US offices has seen the number of hours devoted to good causes almost double.
City law firms have joined the chorus of opposition to the Law Society’s proposed changes to the training of lawyers, lobbying Law Society council members ahead of this month’s crucial vote on the proposals.
Lawyers involved in preparing witnesses for trial will need to keep transparent records following a Court of Appeal ruling on Wednesday (2 February).
A death row prisoner who was once only an hour away from execution will now be either set free or retried following a three-year campaign by Lovells.
Ofgem, the gas and electricity regulator, has launched a full-scale review of its external legal panel.
The Law Society and the Bar Council are urging for radical reforms to the way judges are appointed.
A group of law school friends have taken the idea of pro bono one step further and set up a charity to help develop awareness of Aids in developing nations.
As part of the biggest shake-up in legal education for decades, the Law Society’s Standards Board has voted through far-reaching proposals that will allow students to sit final exams without having to undertake vocational or accredited courses.
Lawyers at Latham & Watkins’ London office have found a way to combine their passion for theatre with their legal expertise, after forging a pro bono relationship with Camden’s iconic theatre building the Roundhouse.
The old QC selection system was not as bad as its press, but the new one should be better
The Law Society was last week accused of ambushing the legal profession with radical proposals to overhaul legal education.
Regulatory and policymaking functions part to deflect criticism of conflicts
Solicitors in Local Government (SLG), the professional body representing the 4,000 local government lawyers in England and Wales, has become embroiled in a spat over the future of its training unit.
The London office of US firm Shearman & Sterling has secured a coup by beating Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to instructions ...
The search for lay members of the selection panel that will choose the first group of QCs to be appointed under the new scheme was launched last week.
Several of the world’s largest law firms have responded overwhelmingly to an appeal from the Solicitors Pro Bono Group (SPBG) to help families and businesses hit by the Asian tsunami.
The Government is facing calls for a public inquiry into chemical weapons tests carried out on soldiers at Porton Down during the 1950s. Jon Robins reports
Dutch firms face penalties for lawyers’ behaviour; bar to check service quality - Piet Hein Donner, Minister of Justice for the Netherlands
Brick Court Chambers head Christopher Clarke QC will go to the bench upon completion of his role as counsel to the Saville Inquiry.
An international coalition of lawyers has slammed the legal system in Zimbabwe.
Judges working in the Australian state of Victoria have warned that proposals to introduce acting judges within the state court system could impinge the independence of the judiciary.
Since New Labour was elected, the Home Office legal team has been under pressure. Legal head David Seymour talks to Brendan Malkin about effective housekeeping
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer sent members of its finance team to South Africa in the autumn to build houses for the poor of Durban’s townships.
Shortfalls in the proposed legal budget will make next year’s overhaul of the UK’s licensing system unworkable, the Government has been told.
The Law Society and the Bar Council have agreed on a revolutionary new scheme for the appointment of QCs, it was announced last week.
The Home Office will be deluged with the mass of legislation proposed in the Queen’s Speech, say lawyers.
International firms had their best ever showing in last week’s elections for the Paris Bar Council.
Judicial reform is the number one priority for Croatia’s bid to improve its civil, government and business systems to prepare for EU membership, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has said in its 2004 Transition Report.
Wragge & Co is advising pro bono on the firm’s first-ever death row case.
Barristers from Blackstone Chambers acting pro bono have carried out two challenges in the Court of Appeal on key elements of the Government’s policy towards asylum seekers.
A team of lawyers led by Richard Gordon QC of Brick Court Chambers is planning to make a third-party intervention on a pro bono basis into a Court of Appeal case concerning immigration detainees. Gordon will be appearing on behalf of refugee groups that have concerns over the rights of children detained in holding camps in the UK before their asylum applications are considered.
For those of you who woke up this morning to the sound ofCharlie Falconer on The Today Programme criticising claimsfarmers – here’s the antidote.
The government is planning to axe scores of its lawyers, reversing a rate of growth in its legal system that is 1,000 per cent higher under New Labour than under the Conservatives.
Weil Gotshal & Manges has been taken on pro bono by Shareholders United, the shareholder group fighting Malcolm Glazer’s attempts to take over Manchester United Football Club, as exclusively revealed by www.thelawyer.com last Friday (5 November).
A love of music, plus support from his firm, has helped Cobbetts Leeds employment head Ronald Drake win an award for his work with Huddersfield charity Music and the Deaf.
Allen & Overy’s (A&O) pro bono initiatives have resulted in the magic circle firm providing invaluable support to Tower Hamlets-based self-help organisation Mosaada.
Addleshaw Goddard’s commitment to corporate social responsibility has led to a significant number of the firm’s employees joining the Prince’s Trust as volunteers. More than 100 staff from the firm’s Manchester office have agreed to provide personal or business mentoring and development assessments to the young people that the charity is helping.
The Legal Services Complaints Commissioner is on a mission to get the Law Society’s complaints-handling in order and is now equipped with powers to impose a £1m fine. By Jon Robins
Blackstone Chambers’ newly-elected heads Ian Mill QC and Thomas Beazley QC have a tough task building on the success of their predecessors at the top public and commercial law set.
One Brick Court silk and Conservative MP Edward Garnier QC is leading the charge to impeach the Prime Minister over the invasion of Iraq.
Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBR&M) is the first international law firm to be sent by the International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to arbitrate for athletes and sports bodies at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Three lawyers were sent to Athens to provide advice and take part in arbitrations on a pro bono basis in order to settle disputes in record times of no longer than 24 hours.
Watson Farley & Williams has won the role of legal counsel to the Indian government on the high-profile Dabhol arbitration following an urgent search which saw more than 35 firms turn it down for conflict reasons. It is understood that Watson Farley won the work late last month over four other shortlisted firms.
Peterborough City Council legal chief Mark Hynes has taken on the challenge of transforming Lambeth Council as its new director of legal and democratic services.
Established in 1890, Hempsons is anything but an old-fashioned firm. In the 115 years since it was created, when its partners broke away from Slaughter and May, the firm has remained independent, preferring, as managing partner Janice Barber puts it, to “slip the baton and ...
US-based firm Morrison & Foerster’s (MoFo) efforts for London charity Choices 4 All has led to the firm employing an office junior with learning disabilities, an unlooked-for benefit of providing pro bono IP protection advice.
Partnering between public and private sector lawyers is an idea whose time has come. Matt Byrne reveals the results of The Lawyer’s first ever public sector survey
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, unless you’re a legal journalist. Certainly if you’re a local government lawyer, you’re expected to dish out something in return for all that friendly free advice, training and access to information that some firms are willing to offer in a partnering arrangement.
Swansea City Council has provoked an ongoing strike over plans to outsource its IT department, but new laws coming in next year may help make such disputes a thing of the past.
The Community Legal Service (CLS), which from 1 April 2000 replaced the old civil scheme of legal aid, has been criticised following an independent review on behalf of the Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA).
Two men at the centre of a far-reaching fight for the rights of older workers have had their case turned down by the Court of Appeal and are now considering their next move.
Peter Godber, the driving force behind the LGG training unit for lawyers in local government, is to leave the organisation he set up 20 years ago. Godber, who launched LGG in 1984,will develop his own management and skills training consultancy, offering courses on in-house management and leadership skills. LGG represents around 3,200 lawyers working in local government and is frequently used by lawyers at City firms, including
Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser has appointed its second vice-president and general counsel in just over 18 months.
Beleaguered law firm Boodle Hatfield has been dealt a blow by the loss of the head of its contentious trust and probate team to Speechly Bircham.
Web-based litigation software company iCONECT LLC has thrown its weight behind an unprecedented initiative by offering its law firm clients free licence access to its suite of products for use in pro bono cases. The move will give legal experts working on vital civil rights and justice litigation access to the same tools used in high-profile litigation cases.
Under the Northern Ireland Act 1998, public authorities have a duty to promote equality. Hilary Griffith considers the impact on public authorities undertaking PFI projects
Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser has appointed the European general counsel of IT group Sybase as senior vice-president and general counsel.
Tesco is reviewing its legal advisers in a bid to cut costs, with head of legal Martin Field inviting current advisers and others that the supermarket has not used before to pitch.
The Dasani debacle may have left Coca-Cola with egg on its face, but it highlighted the excellence of its legal team. Husnara Begum reports
The launch of a year-long international campaign to promote Africa in a positive light is underway thanks to support from Herbert Smith’s Paris office.
Cobbetts has bolstered its IP, information, communications and technology and media teams with the hire of two solicitors for its Manchester office. Laura Harper arrives after a five-year stint at Pannone & Partners, while Sonia Luthra joins the top 50 firm from DWF Solicitors.
The widow of a man killed by her son has won a substantial criminal injuries claim, thanks to the pro bono efforts of lawyers at Lovells.
The ECHR is set to decide whether multinationals should be able to sue individuals for libel. Jon Robins reports on how the McLibel case could change the rules of the game
Ex-Lester Aldridge partner James Daly has left private practice to launch the Flying Lawyer, a new mobile legal concept designed to meet the needs of businesses in the asset, consumer and motor finance sectors. Daly, who has 20 years of expertise in asset and consumer financing and on industry committees, aims to provide a client-tailored service. Specifically, the Flying Lawyer will offer an in-house ...
PepsiCo has hired the former number two at the US Department of Justice as its new general counsel and head of government affairs.
The parent company of BPP Law School has announced flat profits in its interim results, despite a strong performance by the law division, which has been boosted by an explosion of part-time students.
Hampshire firm White and Bowker has successfully tendered for a two-year contract to provide legal services to Salisbury District Council. The 15–partner practice fought off competition from 40 other firms this month and is now set to work alongside the council’s in-house team on employment, conveyancing, contracts, litigation, housing and environmental services.
Simmons & Simmons has completed an executive share incentive scheme for Next, demonstrating that the firm still has a solid relationship with the retailer despite the fact that Herbert Smith muscled in on Next’s corporate work last year.
British African and Caribbean students may find the path to a corporate career more accessible thanks to the involvement of Clifford Chance in a programme aimed at improving educational potential among this group.
Reed Smith is to launch a professional development and leadership initiative for its staff this autumn. Reed Smith University will be run in conjunction with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and its executive education division.
City firm Dawsons has boosted its corporate department with the promotion to partner of Ute Mueller. Mueller, who qualified in Germany in 1997 and joined the firm three years ago, specialises in international law.
Bevan Ashford has raided regional rival Wragge & Co to scoop a top local government specialist and an associate to bolster its public sector team.
Legal aid proposals put forward by the Legal Services Commission (LSC) late last month are set to limit access to justice for many people, according to charity Citizens Advice.
Cravath Swaine & Moore has won Associated British Foods (ABF) as a new client, thanks to Herbert Smith.
In an unusual show of solidarity, 10 trainees from nine international law firms have banded together under the newly-formed Brussels Pro Bono Project in order to investigate and initiate pro bono opportunities for UK lawyers and trainees based in Brussels.
English Partnerships is about to put law firms through their paces after launching a review of its advisers.
Pictons chief executive officer (CEO) David Lambert is unusual in having a vision for the firm that he describes as “transient”. Some CEOs and managing partners might bridle at the suggestion of ‘transience’ in their thinking. But not Lambert.
A free telephone and web-based national advice service was launched in July by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). The scheme aims to provide answers to common legal problems for anyone across England and Wales, and offers additional help to those eligible for legal aid.
A senior figure at Scottish firm Pagan Osborne has been named as a trust law specialist by the Law Society of Scotland. Bill Pagan, who heads the 10-partner firm’s tax, trust and strategic financial planning department, joins a select band of 14 Scottish solicitors to receive the recognition, considered by many as one of the highest accolades handed out by the society. Pagan said: “For most of my legal career I’ve been working within the field of trust law and it’s an honour to receive ...
Birmingham City Council is in the final throes of reviewing its legal panel.
Clarke Willmott’s financial services department is acting for 700 Equitable Life policyholders in fresh claims against the mutual society. The policyholders have formed an action group, Equitable Life Trapped Annuitants (ELTA), which two weeks ago launched an action for compensation for its reduced annuity rates. Class Law and Irw
Procter & Gamble is one of the most ambitious consumer goods companies in the world. Joanne Harris reports on how head of legal Andrew McCarthy keeps ahead of the game
In a nationwide first, more than 70 law firms throughout England and Wales have pledged to donate a proportion of their fees from personal injury (PI) cases in order to benefit local communities. The Community Claims scheme, launched in May this year, will see solicitors donate £100 for each PI claim they accept.
The introduction of the Freedom of Information Act is still months away, but it is already worrying those involved in public sector projects. Jon Robins reports
Liverpool set Exchange Chambers is continuing to grow with the arrival of four new tenants, including a former Clifford Chance lawyer.
Westminster law firm and parliamentary agent Winckworth Sherwood is hiving off its healthcare group, as the head of the practice leaves to set up a new outfit. The firm will close down healthcare to concentrate on its core clients. Simon Eastwood, head of the group at Winckworth Sherwood, is establishing his own practice with a team of lawyers. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 14 July
A man facing Jamaica’s mandatory death penalty has seen his sentence overturned as a result of pro bono work by Allen & Overy (A&O).
Will the new consumer credit regulations help the customer or just lead to more confusion? asks Jonathan Guest
New legislation aims to make pensions more simple, but Chris Clarke warns that the changeover might not be so easy
Linklaters has emerged as a multiple adviser on Marks & Spencer’s (M&S) bid battle with Philip Green, as the retail entrepreneur last week returned his gaze to the company’s pension fund trust.
PZ Cussons has ditched Cobbetts in favour of Addleshaw Goddard.
Northumbria University student Martin Wilson has become the first student to win a month working in the pro bono office of Australia’s Monash University on an all expenses paid trip, courtesy of Irwin Mitchell.
McDonald’s Restaurants general counsel Julian Hilton-Johnson has been called upon to defend the company at a second Parliament committee in the space of eight months.
McDonald’s, the world’s most famous fast food chain, is changing its image. Steve Hoare meets the lawyer at the sharp end of the salad revolution
Oxfam has taken the unprecedented step of becoming the first charity to launch a music download site, with Bird & Bird advising on a pro bono basis.
Eloquently, passionately and with no little wit, the man can most certainly talk. Fortunately, on this occasion, he restricted himself to one gag, and to the delight of some in the audience, it was at Campbell’s expense. Opening his copy of the Civil Service (No 2) Bill at Section 6(3) Lord Lester turned his steely gaze on the evening’s host to quote “from one former special adviser to another: ‘Special advisers shall not exercise executive powers over civil servants’.”
Walker Morris has poached Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield public sector team.Partners Andrew Uprichard and Julie Muscroft will join the commercial, public sector and projects team in the Leeds firm later this year, leaving Irwin Mitchell with no public sector partners. They are expected to take some assistants with them.
The battle surrounding embattled Russian oil giant Yukos has escalated, with its core shareholders instructing lawyers to act against the Russian authorities should the company be forced into bankruptcy.
King’s College London is to establish its first legal panel, posing a potential threat to Herbert Smith’s long relationship with the university.
Adding to the current international football fever pitch brought about by the 2004 European Championship, White & Case has teamed up with the International Network of Street Papers (INSP) and Scottish firm Shepperd + Wedderburn to kickstart the Homeless World Cup 2004, to be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, in September.
On 22 June, 1400 people will crowd into the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane for the most eagerly-awaited event of the year. With only one week to go, The Lawyer brings you a sneak preview of the shortlisted individuals and teams
On 22 June, 1400 people will crowd into the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane for the most eagerly-awaited event of the year. With only one week to go, The Lawyer brings you a sneak preview of the shortlisted individuals and teams
On 22 June, 1400 people will crowd into the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane for the most eagerly-awaited event of the year. With only one week to go, The Lawyer brings you a sneak preview of the shortlisted individuals and teams
Central Government’s super-panel L-Cat is preparing to roll out to local government, but it faces receiving short shrift from some local authority lawyers.
Newcastle firm Dickinson Dees has won J Sainsbury as a new client.Dickinson Dees was first introduced to Sainsbury’s when it was on the other side of the supermarket chain’s £22m acquisition of Bells Stores from the Bells family.
Gucci’s general counsel Alan Tuttle has quit following the multibillion-pound acquisition of the fashion house by French conglomerate Pinault Printemps Redoute (PPR).
Nabarro Nathanson has raided rival Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) for the latest addition to its construction team.
Bird & Bird Paris has taken on a second partner within a month, recruiting the head of public law from French independent August & Debouzy.
Lawrence Graham as Londis switches firms" /Convenience store group Londis has dropped Lawrence Graham in the middle of its takeover battle.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer corporate partner Barry O’Brien has scooped the City’s hottest deal with a mandate to act for retail entrepreneur Philip Green on his £8bn-plus bid for Marks & Spencer (M&S), displacing usual adviser Allen & Overy.
The Philip Green bid for M&S is just the latest twist in the ongoing saga that is the retail sector. Joanne O’Connor talks to four of the industry’s key in-house lawyers
Scottish firm Balfour & Manson has merged with learning disability charity Disability Legal Services (DLS) this month. DLS, established by mental health lawyer Liz Craigmyle, has become a separate practice within the firm’s private client department, with Craigmyle joining the firm as a partner to head the new team.
Judgment in the divorce of Arsenal footballer Ray Parlour is expected from the Court of Appeal in mid-June. Should the court decide in Karen Parlour’s favour, the decision is likely to have far-reaching consequences for maintenance in high net income divorces, and represent a significant increase in the threshold for maintenance awards.
With local transport plans, the Government is keen to reduce the public’s dependency on the car. Robbie Owen reports
The past year has been an eventful time in the technology outsourcing sector. Alistair Maughan gives the lowdown
In his review of the legal regulators, Clementi might do well to look at the well-established medical model. Matthew Lohn reports
Blake Lapthorn Linnell has completed a review of its practice groups and is introducing a series of sector teams aimed at specific industries.
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s merger with Washington DC’s Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman is racing to conclusion, with a partnership vote expected before the summer.
Specialist pensions law firm Sacker & Partners has promoted three associates to the partnership: Claire Carey, Alison Cribbs and Joanna Matthews.
JS Miller Solicitors senior managing partner Jeanette Miller knows more than just the technical side of personal injury (PI) litigation. As a trainee solicitor she became a victim herself after she fell down some faulty steps and injured her back at work. She successfully sued and the experience motivated her to form her own eponymous practice. Its ethos would ...
Scottish heavyweight Shepherd + Wedderburn has posted a 13.4 per cent increase in revenues for the year 2003-04, with annual income rising from £25.6m to a record £29m.
Italian intellectual property (IP) boutique Trevisan & Cuonzo is to launch a new office in Parma specialising in IP issues for the food and food-related sectors.
Niche Stoke-on-Trent firm Heatons is cementing its relationship with retail giant Baugur after winning its third instruction from the Icelandic company, this time to advise on the £110m acquisition of UK jewellery retailer Goldsmiths.
Food giant Heinz has raided DuPont’s respected in-house team for the appointment of its new European general counsel Janice Leiper.
Boots is slashing lawyers and support staff from its in-house legal team as part of the pharmacy retailer’s radical drive to streamline its head office.
Christianne Butte, the general counsel of Axa, has resigned after 13 years in the job to take the same role at food and drinks company Groupe Danone.
J Sainsbury is gearing up for a major overhaul of its property panel following the appointment of its first in-house property lawyer.
DWS becomes latest City firm to abandon global model; culls Asia in bid to add £2m to profit pool
In a bid to support and encourage transactional lawyers undertaking pro bono work, Dechert has taken the unusual step of introducing distinct pro bono practice groups in its Philadelphia office.
There is renewed hope for the long-term future of the QC – and not just because The Lawyer has assumed the role of Lord Chancellor to offer its own annual quality mark, the TLC.
Law degrees at England’s top universities will be among the most expensive courses to read if the Government is able to push through its controversial top-up fees policy, a survey by Lawyer 2B can reveal.
The European Commission has raised fears that citizens of some countries joining the EU in May could defy EU regulations because they may not all have been translated into their national language. News service MaltaMedia has reported concern from officials working for EU Enlargement Commissioner Günter Verheugen that the translation of the 85,000-page ‘acquis communautaire’ was behind schedule, especially in small countries such as Malta and Estonia, where few specialist translators ...
The caseload of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has increased by more than 17 per cent in the last year. According to the institution’s 2003 annual report, there were 561 new cases brought to the ECJ last year and 466 to its sister court, the Court of First Instance. This is compared with 477 being brought to the ECJ in 2002 and 411 to the Court of First Instance.
The proposed Exclusion of Judicial Review in the Asylum and Immigration Bill is an affront to the rule of law, says Richard Plender QC
If the Human Rights Act 1998 is expanded, commercial and voluntary providers of public services should take note, warns Helen Mountfield
The Higher Education Bill has grabbed its fair share of headlines, mainly over top-up fees. Carola Geist-Divver outlines the rest of the proposals
Newcastle-based Dickinson Dees has scooped a place on the Croydon Borough Council legal panel.
Inquest juries must give explanations for their verdicts in death in custody cases but have to stop short holding individuals liable, following a groundbreaking ruling of the Law Lords last week.
Shadbolt & Co has created a new management position in London to maintain its current development push. Liz Jenkins, head of the national and international projects and procurement group, has been appointed as managing partner and head of Shadbolts’ London office. Jenkins has recently worked on the £200m Colchester garrison project, acting for service providers Sodexho and WS Atkins. Her new role will include promotion of the firm’s projects/public finance initiative/public-private ...
The management of Weil Gotshal’s global litigation practice is being decentralised following 100 per cent departmental growth in the past five years.
Maltese lawyers have won a major victory in the ongoing Parmalat investigation by reversing an order by the food giant’s special administrator Enrico Bondi not to disclose audits into the company.
The senior vice-president and general counsel of Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser has quit after just one year in the post.
McGrigor Donald has been ditched by the Student Loans Company (SLC) in favour of Harper MacLeod. The Scottish firm beat seven others to win the three-year contract, believed to include MacRoberts and Shepherd+ Wedderburn.
Eversheds PFI/projects partner Jason Poole is set to join the Cambridge office of Mills & Reeve as a partner later this year. Poole specialises in advising public and private sector clients on a wide range of PFI/public private partnership schemes, project financings and outsourcings. Pooles recent transactions ...
As programme makers persist with dramatic reconstructions of court cases, the drive to broadcast the real thing is reaching fever pitch. Jon Robins reports
Although the pattern varies in each of the UK's jurisdictions, human rights is weaving its way into the fabric of the legal systems
New legal restrictions on email marketing ahead of next month's clampdown on 'spam' were clarified last week, when the Information Commissioner published guidelines to help businesses comply with the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (SI 2426/2003).
Masons had triumphed in a beauty parade against Jones Day Gouldens to advise IP2IPO Group on its own initial public offering (IPO) last week.
Why two very different firms have decided to form an alliance on IT projects.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has confirmed its belief that the QC system distorts competition and does not serve customers' best interests.
Tory party leader Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) has drafted in Reynolds Porter Chamberlain partner David Hooper (left), the lawyer who acted for John Major in relation to the Edwina Currie affair, to advise on 'Betsygate'. Parliamentary Standards ...
Berwin Leighton Paisner, Bird & Bird, Hammonds, Manches and Nicholson Graham & Jones have been appointed to the London Underground legal panel.
The Government is as keen as ever to pursue PFI, but as Caroline Carter and Logan Mair report, problems may arise when transferring employees to a private contractor
To give each NHS trust its autonomy, the Government is pressing ahead with foundation trusts. But will the process of decentralisation knock it off its axis? asks Trevor Blythe
Pinsents is saying goodbye to three partners and four assistants, originally from its 2001 London merger partner Biddle, following strategy and performance reviews.
Bevan Ashford’s non-lawyer chief executive Ann Conway-Hughes has resigned after just 18 months in the role.
For a market-leading DIY retailer, B&Q relies surprisingly heavily on help from its external counsel. Husnara Begum finds out why Gary Shillinglaw believes that outsourcing is best
After a rocky start in 2001, for which it has received much criticism, Cafcass's legal director Charles Prest says that the organisation is getting on track. Emma Vere-Jones reports
With a £45bn turnover per year, no one could argue the might behind the motor industry, and SMMT is at the forefront of the action
The legal director at the Institute of Sales Promotion, Philip Circus, does a pretty good job of selling himself. Husnara Begum reports
He's no-nonsense, committed and just a little bit scary. Catrin Griffiths meets Clifford Chance's new head of public policy
Customs & Excise has been patrolling the UK's borders since Roman times, and now has one of the Government's biggest legal departments. Jennifer Currie meets head of legal David Pickup
Although Asda is a tough cookie to crumble, with its laid back family-like attitudes it is a valuable and faithful client to have. Kathryn Hobbs meets head of legal Denise Jagger
Kathryn Hobbs meets Robin Allen QC, who says he is determined to revamp the image of the Bar
From sleaze-busting to dealing with local unrest over the proposed expansion of Stansted, Essex County Council's Philip Thomson takes it all in his stride. Naomi Rovnick reports
GE Capital European general counsel Susan Crichton's policy of seeking a firm on a job-by-job basis ensures that lawyers are kept on their toes. Emma Vere-Jones reports
RAC director of legal services Jonathan Gulliford thinks his organisation is more trusted than most lawyers. Caroline Davies meets the man who wants to take on the Law Society.
Newham's Gifty Edila was a one-council woman, that is until Kensington and Chelsea swept her off her feet with the offer of a new challenge. Jennifer Currie reports
Head of legal at the Office of Fair Trading Pat Edwards is relishing her growing remit and increased responsibility. Jennifer Currie investigates the world of the shark killers
Claer Lloyd-Jones of Hackney Council has got a hard job ahead of her, but remains unfazed. Brendan Malkin finds out how she intends to work her magic on the beleagured authority
For Baker & McKenzie's Harry Small, keeping Levi's little red tab sacred was a must - despite the fact that he doesn't wear jeans very often
Trowers & Hamlins is to advise Surrey County Council on its £300m highway services contract. The contract will cover the repair and maintenance of the local authority's road network, and Trowers will work with the council to achieve 'best value'.This is the first time that a local authority has used a partnering process for such a large procurement plan.Partner David Mosey is leading ...
Satish Mistry is the new head of legal at the London Borough of Waltham Forest. Eleanor Levenson reports on the man who, after working for six boroughs, knows London inside out
NYLS learned so much from Eversheds on its first PFI that it didn't bother with an outside law firm a second time. Vanessa Pawsey asks head of legal Richard Daly how he does it
The Treasury Solicitor's Department may be short of lawyers and snowed under with work but, as Brendan Malkin discovers, it is still managing to keep its standards up
Britain's waterways haven't been this active since the industrial revolution, and British Waterways has got its hands full. Julia Cahill finds out that the organisation's legal team is moving with the times
As head of legal at Sara Lee, Howard Rubenstein's remit encompasses standing up for and protecting a plethora of his company's products. But cake isn't one of them. Naomi Rovnick reports
Working in the public sector takes a different type of lawyer, one whose priorities lie in the work rather than in the remunerative aspects of the job. Naomi Rovnick meets one such lawyer, the head of legal at Worcestershire County Council
New York firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft is taking on the former national chairman of the Democratic National Committee to chair a new global public affairs group.
By working in Government Legal Services, one has the opportunity to participate in the creation of new laws. Kelly Harrison talks to the rail regulator's head of legal about the pressures of keeping the industry on track
With the legal aid budget slashed and the NHS claims increasingly complex, the Royal College of Nursing's legal department is being forced to rely on outside advisers to make up the numbers. Naomi Rovnick reports
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is advising managers Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter on Dixons' indirect issue of exchangeable bonds only a month after investing in French internet company Wanadoo.
With plans to open new stores and international expansion on the cards, the compact legal team at Debenhams certainly has enough to keep it occupied for the time being. Mary Murphy reports
Fiona Callister finds out how Bevan Ashford chief executive Nick Jarrett-Kerr is reacting to a reduction in work for English firms due to changes prompted by Welsh devolution
Clifford Chance's rising star Rae Lindsay thrives on a challenge, and her task of heading the firm's new international unit is certainly that. Vanessa Pawsey reports
The five-lawyer team at Next have had their hands full with the level of success enjoyed by the retail company. Fiona Callister asks whether a predicted downturn in consumer spending will pile on the pressure
Over the past year, ice cream has been the bane of Unilever's life.
Sainsbury's has built its reputation on being a wholesome family-run company. But this year will be the first that a family member is not head of the company, following chairman Lord Sainsbury of Turville's handover to non-executive chairman Sir George Bull.
Jack Straw is a man with teeth. But he's more likely to bare them than reveal them in a grin, Fiona Callister discovers.