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Facilitating the performance of a duty by public officialsFacilitation payments, also known as facilitating or grease payments, are generally small...
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Produced in partnership with Richard Furlong of Carmelite Chambers 12th Jan
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This Practice Note explains the main fitness to practise hearing before the Health and Care Professions Tribunal (HCPT). It deals with preparation for...
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Produced in partnership with Paul Renteurs of 2 Hare Court 12th Jan
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on matters that have temporarily been altered to assist in the management of the...
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Produced in partnership with Nicholas Hancox of Nicholas Hancox Solicitors Ltd and Alistair Frew of Lodders LLP 12th Jan
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The purpose of this Practice Note is to provide a general understanding of the offences under section 1, 2 and 6 of the Bribery Act 2010 (BA 2010). It...
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Produced in partnership with Joanne Kane of Carmelite Chambers 12th Jan
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This Practice Note examines agreements entered into under sections 38 and 278 of the Highways Act 1980, considering the obligations they impose and,...
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9th Nov
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The introduction of trial by a single justice was a response to a belief, on the part of the government, that the use of two or three justices to deal...
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Produced in partnership with Quinton Newcomb of Fulcrum Chambers 12th Jan
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When is a contract a void contract?A void contract is one that is wholly lacking in legal effect. A contract will be void where:•the parties contract...
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9th Nov
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This Practice Note considers what damages may be available as remedy for claims in tort, including negligence claims.For general guidance on damages,...
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Produced in partnership with Lina Mattsson of Hardwicke Chambers 12th Jan
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When a public body receives a claim form for judicial review, the first step is to consider whether the claim has been brought in time. For further...
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Produced in partnership with Morayo Fagborun Bennett of Hardwicke Chambers 12th Jan
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This Practice Note provides an overview of contract expiry and of the different causes of termination and ways to discharge a contract, including...
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9th Nov
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The termination of a contract by reason of one party’s breach of contract arises as follows:•one party to the contract is in breach of contract•the...
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9th Nov
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There can be only one lease at a time giving a right to possession and occupation of property. Consequently, if a landlord subsequently grants a lease...
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9th Nov
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A civil recovery order (CRO) is an order available to recover the proceeds of crime through action in the High Court, rather than the criminal court,...
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9th Nov
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on matters that have temporarily been altered to assist in the management of the...
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Produced in partnership with Nicholas Hancox of Nicholas Hancox Solicitors Ltd and Alistair Frew of Lodders LLP 12th Jan
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[On headed paper][insert date][Address of tenderer provided in request for clarification]Dear [[insert contact name of tenderer] OR [insert contact...
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Produced in partnership with Peter Ware of Browne Jacobson 12th Jan
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Background to semiconductorsA semiconductor is essentially any material which has electrical conductivity and can thus either conduct, or conversely,...
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Produced in partnership with Greg Burke of RPC, Paul Joseph of RPC and Sophie Tuson of RPC 12th Jan

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This tracker is intended to be used to track the most recent key developments, legislation, guidance, parliamentary briefing notes and other sources...
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22nd Jan
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This tracker was used to track key developments, legislation, guidance and briefing notes relating to the initial response to coronavirus (COVID-19)...
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16th Jan
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Discussion of employment issues in local government fall into three areas:•normal employment law issues, such as those concerning discrimination, fair...
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Produced in partnership with Philip McCourt 16th Jan
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This Practice Note refers only to the law in England; note that different provisions apply to Wales.The public has a right to expect high standards of...
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Produced in partnership with Peter Keith-Lucas and Anthea Lowe of Bevan Brittan and North West Leicestershire District Council 16th Jan
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Generally, it would be reasonable for a member of the public to rely on the ostensible authority of the senior officer if they appear or purport to...
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Produced in partnership with Tim Earl, Solicitor to the Council and Head of Legal Services of Suffolk County Council 8th Jan
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on matters that have temporarily been altered to assist in the management of the...
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Produced in partnership with Olwen Brown of Anthony Collins Solicitors 8th Jan
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on matters that have temporarily been altered to assist in the management of the...
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Produced in partnership with Philip McCourt 8th Jan
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on matters that have temporarily been altered to assist in the management of the...
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8th Jan
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1ContextThese ‘Arrangements’ set out how you may make a complaint that an elected or co-opted member of this authority [or of a parish council within...
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Produced in partnership with Peter Keith-Lucas of Bevan Brittan 8th Jan
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Authorities and committees are required to allocate seats in a way which shows proportional representation of political groups. The question asks...
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Produced in partnership with Tracy Lovejoy of Lanyon Bowdler LL 8th Jan
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What is a local authority?A local authority (LA) is the general term we use to describe an administrative body in local government.The term ‘local...
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Produced in partnership with Elizabeth England of Five Paper 8th Jan
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The local authority should act in accordance with their Member Code of Conduct. The action will include commissioning an investigation of the...
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Produced in partnership with Karren Daly of Browne Jacobson 8th Jan
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1IntroductionThis Code of Conduct applies to you whenever you are acting in your capacity as a member of [council name], including:1.1at formal...
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Produced in partnership with Peter Keith-Lucas of Bevan Brittan 8th Jan
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A principal council must adopt a constitution setting out its governance, decision-making structure, standing orders and other rules and protocols....
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Produced in partnership with Philip Rule 8th Jan
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Section 27 of the Localism Act 2011 (LA 2011) requires relevant local authorities to maintain high standards of conduct by their members, including by...
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Produced in partnership with Alexander Campbell of Field Court Chambers 8th Jan
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on matters that have temporarily been altered to assist in the management of the...
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26th Dec
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Meaning of ‘principal council’Section 270 of the Local Government Act 1972 (LGA 1972) defines a principal council as 'a council elected for a...
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26th Dec
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Basic Principles/Instructions for claiming1Statutory power for compiling an elected members’ allowance schemeThe council, in exercise of the powers...
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7th Dec
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020). CA 2020, s 78. For further...
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7th Dec
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This Practice Note relates only to England; the legislation is different in Wales.Every local authority must designate one of its officers as the...
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7th Dec

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