Public Procurement after Brexit: November 2020 update

The Public Procurement (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No. 1319) (“the 2020 Regulations”) were made on 19th November, in readiness for the expiration of the transition period of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union (the “EU”). The 2020 Regulations revoke and replace the Public Procurement (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI…

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The Court of Appeal Provides Clarity for the test of a ‘Fit and Proper’ Licence Holder for Houses in Multiple Occupancy

Hussain v Waltham Forest LBC [2020] EWCA Civ 1539 Can a local authority consider the underlying conduct behind spent convictions when deciding whether a person making an application for HMO or other property licence is ‘fit and proper’? Yes – as confirmed by the Court of Appeal in this recent case upholding the earlier decision…

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Workplace surveillance in times of COVID-19 – what would a reasonable employer do?

The COVID-19 pandemic, and the consequential increase in working from home, has driven demand for workplace surveillance tools. Organisations look for solutions that monitor and aid productivity of their remote workforce. New technologies offer opportunities for unprecedented surveillance of employees – these not only include tracking of websites visited during work hours but also tracking…

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As a new lockdown commences the furlough scheme is extended

The government has announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough Scheme) has been extended in response to the impact of the new national restrictions which will require the population to stay at home and for non-essential shops to be closed. New National Restrictions At the end of October, the Furlough Scheme was set to end…

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Court of Appeal judgment to have major implications for local authorities

The Royal Borough of Kingston-Upon-Thames v Derek Moss [2020] EWCA Civ 1381 In a decision which will have major implications for local authorities and housing associations, the Court of Appeal has found that the Royal Borough of Kingston-Upon-Thames (the “Council”) was a ‘water re-seller’ within the meaning of the Water Resale Orders of 2001 and…

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