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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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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Procurement Policy Note 03/20 – Use of Procurement Cards

The third PPN published in quick succession (PPN 03/20) saw the Government issue guidance on the use of procurement cards by ‘in scope organisations’ (Central Government Departments, their Executive Agencies and Non Departmental Public Bodies). Procurement cards are widely used in the public sector for transactions below certain thresholds, and have been found to save…

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The Impact of Coronavirus on Construction and Commercial Contracts

Introduction Whilst the eyes of the world’s media focus on daily increases in the number of Coronavirus cases and the emergency measures being taken by national governments to combat its transmission, little attention has been paid to the impact of the virus on construction and commercial projects. Although the economic scale of the crisis is…

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Public procurement regulations and COVID-19

Yesterday (18th March 2020) afternoon saw the government release the first Procurement Policy Note (PPN) of the year, in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. PPN 01/20 recognises that the public health crisis will mean contracting authorities will need to urgently procure goods, services and works. The PPN identifies a number of ways contracting authorities…

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Money, money, money: a look at payment issues in construction contracts

The final in our series of January refreshers looks at payment, specifically at the terms of the Construction Act, payment disputes, and what happens in the event of insolvency. The Construction Act The Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 as amended by the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 – better known…

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