The Environment Bill – Planning Implications: The Biodiversity Net Gain Approach

On 26th February, the Environment Bill (‘the Bill’) had its second reading in the House of Commons. The Bill, which sets out the future governance framework for environmental law once the UK leaves the EU, also sets out specific environmental improvement measures. The Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, which would become the first ‘Environmental Improvement…

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Court of Appeal confirms that Local Government Act 1972 provides local authorities with power to authorise music festivals in parks held on trust for the public

Author: Nicola Tilche / Brian Hurwitz Factual background In April 2016 the Friends of Finsbury Park (“the Friends”) commenced judicial review proceedings against the decision of Haringey London Borough Council (the “Council”) to grant a licence and hire out part of Finsbury Park to hold the 2016 Wireless Festival. The judge, Supperstone J, granted permission to…

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Data Protection: The pitfalls of handling employee medical data

Beware the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) which, particularly in recent months, has demonstrated its willingness to use their statutory Code of Practice enshrined under section 52 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) to impose monetary penalties (of up to £500,000) to those organisations who fail to take the appropriate measures to safeguard Medical Data…

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Sheffield Music Hub – Helping to futureproof a vital partnership

Sheffield Music Hub is a vibrant organisation which enables children and young people from all backgrounds and every part of Sheffield to deepen their enjoyment of music and to progress to the highest levels of excellence. The highly-regarded Music Hub is governed by an advisory board made up of rep-resentatives from schools, music organisations, parents/carers,…

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Energysolutions EU Ltd v Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (2016) – Landmark Case Report

How (Not) To Evaluate Tenders in a Public Procurement: Energysolutions EU Ltd v Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (2016) – Landmark Case Report On 29 July 2016, the High Court handed down its judgment in one of the most high-profile and important public procurement cases in recent years, Energysolutions EU Ltd v Nuclear Decommissioning Authority [2016] EWHC….

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Sharpe Pritchard promote filming act as parliamentary agents for Buckinghamshire

As parliamentary agents, Sharpe Pritchard promote private bills in the UK Parliament. In December 2014 the Buckinghamshire County Council (Filming on Highways) Act 2014 made it onto the statute book. Emyr Thomas was the parliamentary agent responsible for the act’s promotion. The act enables the county council to close highways for film making and will enhance…

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