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Public Sector Bulletin - 15 January 2016

Data Protection

"A less than 'conservative' approach to data protection"

Background

The Information Commissioner's Office (the "ICO") recently fined Telegraph Media Group £30,000, after the editorial team of the Daily Telegraph sent thousands of email requests to individuals on its marketing database, on the day of the general election, urging subscribers to vote for the Conservative party.

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Energy & Waste

The Energy Bill 2015/2016 - Key Policy Area Fact Sheets Published

On 12 January 2016 the Department of Energy and Climate Change ("DECC") published fact sheets providing an overview of key policy areas in the Energy Bill 2015/2016 and Keeling Schedules to illustrate how primary legislation would be amended by clauses in the Bill.

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Projects

Case Law Update: Are Damages Discretionary?

In the recent case of Energy Solutions EU Ltd v Nuclear Decommissioning Authority [2015] EWCA Civ 1262 the High Court considered the correct interpretation of the law surrounding the award of damages in procurement cases.

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Property Litigation

Disrepair claims: 5 golden rules

Disrepair claims can give RPs a real headache. Even though the changes in funding rules now make pursuing disrepair claims slightly less attractive to tenant lawyers claims continue to be made particularly as counterclaims to rent possession actions. Preventing claims from happening at all is impossible and tenants can, and do, seek to pursue counterclaims to buy time in proceedings even if such counterclaims are unlikely to succeed.

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