Public sector and local authority

Raft of firms secure places on £60m public sector roster

Six of the UK’s top 100 firms have succeeded in a lucrative council procurement process in the North East of England, sharing in a four-year contract worth £60m. DWF, Bevan Brittan, DAC Beachcroft, Pinsent Masons, Ward Hadaway and Womble Bond Dickinson will be tasked with providing general legal advice to a total of 12 different […]

Government

Monckton silk: Gina Miller case could force government to disclose ministers’ WhatsApp messages

A Monckton Chambers silk has taken to Twitter to explain an important disclosure point which will affect the legal challenge against the government’s suspension of Parliament. The Lawyer revealed yesterday that Mishcon de Reya had lodged a legal injunction on behalf of businesswomen and anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller, to prevent the UK Government from shutting down […]

Proceeds of sale of school site lost due to operation of reverter

By Alan Corcoran, Charlotte Walker The closure of a school prior to its sale meant the use for which the land had originally been given had ceased and so the proceeds of sale did not belong to the local authority. This was the decision in Rittson-Thomas v Oxfordshire County Council, which concerned the redevelopment of a […]

Revealed: The firms cashing in on the failed Garden Bridge project

Seven City law firms raked in over £3.5m in fees from the ill-fated Garden Bridge project, including Bircham Dyson Bell and Macfarlanes. According to the full breakdown in fees, the Garden Bridge project cost a total of £53.5m with legal accounting for 6 per cent of the total money spent by authorities including Transport for […]

CMA proposes major funeral market probe citing serious market concerns

By Trudy Feaster-Gee, Richard Jaques, Richard Butterworth The Competition and Markets Authority is due to begin an in-depth market investigation into the UK funeral sector in the New Year. This will involve a detailed review and scrutiny of the sector and include many of its key players. On 29 November 2018, the CMA announced in an interim report […]

Shoosmiths appointed to key public sector legal services panel

By Lee Perry National law firm Shoosmiths has been appointed to two full service lots in England, Wales and Scotland on the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Wider Public Sector Legal Services Panel (RM3788). This panel helps a variety of public sector organisations in England, Wales and Scotland to access Shoosmiths’ public sector legal expertise through a […]

No5 Barristers’ Chambers prosecutes Samantha Eastwood murder

Jonas Hankin QC, instructed on behalf of West Midlands CPS, opened the case against Michael Stirling when the case was listed for sentence before the Honourable Mrs Justice Carr DBE. Michael Stirling was convicted by his guilty plea of the murder of Samantha Eastwood on 27th July 2018.  Shortly before 8am that day Samantha had left […]

scotland

Scottish independent inches towards ECJ win over Article 50 revocability

Scottish independent firm Balfour + Mason has secured a positive decision from the European Court of Justice’s Advocate General over whether the United Kingdom can call off Brexit without the consent of other EU member states. In the latest development of a year-long legal battle, 21-partner Scottish firm Balfour + Mason has advanced one step […]

Walder Wyss advises Swiss Life in share buyback program

On 29 November 2018, Swiss Life Holding AG has announced to repurchase own registered shares up to a maximum repurchase value of CHF 1 billion for the purpose of a subsequent capital reduction. The share buyback program starts on 3 December 2018 and will last until 31 December 2019 the latest. The repurchases will be […]

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