Coronavirus Bill: Local Authority Meetings

In committee stage in the Commons on 23 March, an amendment was made bringing in a new clause which deals with local authority meetings. Summary of clause: The Secretary of State and Welsh Ministers will be able to make regulations relating to— (a) requirements to hold local authority meetings (b) the times at or by…

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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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Respect is due! Upper Tribunal considers the weight to be given to local authority financial penalty decisions

This week, a significant Upper Tribunal decision was handed down by Judge Elizabeth Cooke in Waltham Forest LBC v (1) Marshall (2) Ustek [2020] UKUT 0035 (LC). The cases of Marshall and Ustek began as separate appeals in the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) against financial penalties imposed by the London Borough of Waltham Forest (the Council) under Section 249A of the…

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Ocean Outdoor UK Limited v London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham [2019] EWCA Civ 1642

Introduction On 8 October 2019, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in the first appeal to consider the Concession Contracts Regulations (‘the CCR 2016’). The Court unanimously dismissed an appeal from Ocean Outdoor UK Limited (‘Ocean’) against the decision of O’Farrell J, who had dismissed Ocean’s procurement challenge claiming that the CCR 2016 applied…

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Sharpe Pritchard advises Brentwood Borough Council on landmark joint venture with Morgan Sindall Investments

Sharpe Pritchard, the London-based firm of public law specialists, has advised Brentwood Borough Council and its property company, Seven Arches Investments Limited, on a landmark joint venture with Morgan Sindall Investments. The deal is expected to be worth as much as £1 billion over the next 30 years and will contribute to the creation of…

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