Discontinuation of LIBOR – A Brief Summary For Authorities

Guidance note issued by Infrastructure and Projects Authority – February 2021 This is a brief summary of guidance issued in February 2021 by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA), the government’s centre of expertise for infrastructure and major projects concerning the discontinuation of LIBOR. The guidance is available here and is relevant to authorities who…

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MHCLG consultation published – ‘Right to Regenerate’ vacant land and derelict buildings

On 16 January 2021, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) announced a new ‘Right to Regenerate’ that will enable the public to require local authorities and the public sector to sell unused land and assets. Alongside the announcement, MCHLG has published an 8 week consultation seeking views on this new right. The proposal is…

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Procurement in an Emergency Handbook

The Covid-19 pandemic and the lead up to the end of the Brexit transition period saw, what must be, an unprecedented number of urgent procurements and direct awards in 2020. The procurement team at Sharpe Pritchard have published a handbook on procuring in an emergency, aimed at providing practical guidance for contracting authorities who have…

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Reservations Required: Procurement Policy Note (“PPN”) 11/20

The concept of reservations was one we all became familiar with in 2020 (at a time before lockdown 3.0 was upon us and we were able to visit restaurants and pubs albeit with regimented seating times), but procurement professionals are going to have to get used to reservations in an entirely different context in 2021…

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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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