GDPR Obligations Ensuring Compliance as a Public Body

Managing Partner, Julia Rudin, and Trainee Solicitor, Aleksandra Wolek, consider how public bodies can ensure compliance with their GDPR obligations. The data protection regime continues to ensure that people can trust organisations to use their data fairly and responsibly and it takes a flexible, risk-based approach which puts the onus on the organisation to think…

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Issues for Waste Authorities

The outbreak of COVID-19 threatens to present waste authorities with even greater challenges to overcome at the beginning of this decade than those they faced in the last. Here, Senior Associate, Juli Lau, and Paralegal, Oliver Slater, explore five key areas regarding waste authorities’ response to the pandemic and offer some high-level guidance. Force majeure…

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Construction and Commercial Contracts

Introduction Although the economic scale of the coronavirus crisis is impossible to predict with any certainty, the pandemic has already had a profound effect on business operations. With that in mind, we turn our attention to how contracting parties in the commercial and construction industries can protect themselves in existing and future contracts. What is…

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Procurement Processes

The impact of COVID-19 on businesses is significant, with many forced to suspend operations or even become insolvent. While public sector contracting authorities are working hard to minimise the disruption to services, they will need to be able to move quickly to respond to the changing pressures on their contractors. At the same time, contracting…

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Planning Inspectorate publishes Guidance

Following the introduction on 24 March 2020 of stricter measures by the government to help combat the spread of COVID-19, the Planning Inspectorate has announced measures in response relating to all site visits, hearings, inquiries and events. The key message is that, from 25 March 2020, no site visits, hearings or inquiries will take place…

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The Coronavirus Act 2020: What does it mean for Local Authorities in England?

The Coronavirus Act 2020 (the “Act”) obtained Royal Assent on 25 March and introduces a number of temporary emergency measures to deal with a range of issues associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Government’s Explanatory Notes say that the Act aims to combat the virus by: Increasing the health and social care workforce; Easing…

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