Public Sector Bulletin - 16 January 2018

Tuesday, 16th January 2018

With the news of major government contractor Carillion's liquidation, we look at the practical steps public bodies should be taking if Carillion is one of their contractors or is part of their supply chains so as to ensure there is as little disruption as possible across their service areas.

Planning fees increase - will they lead to an improved service or just be an additional burden to developers?

Tuesday, 16th January 2018

On 17 January 2018 the first increase in planning fees since 2012 come into effect under the snappily titled Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (the 'Regulations').

Carillion collapse - first steps

Tuesday, 16th January 2018

Reports suggest Carillion spent £952m with local suppliers in 2016 and used an extensive network of small firms, who are now waiting to learn if they will be paid. One industry group estimates that up to 30,000 firms are owed money by Carillion.

Ashfords expands Employment offering with new senior hire

Monday, 15th January 2018

National law firm Ashfords has appointed Ed Hopkins as Senior Associate to the firms award-winning Employment Team.

Ashfords advise Burrington Estates on its acquisition of Yetminster development site

Friday, 12th January 2018

Burrington Estates New Homes has acquired a development site in Yetminster, Dorset, which has existing planning permission for 87 dwellings and homes.

Do you serve food to the public?

Friday, 12th January 2018

In the UK they affect around 8% of children and 2% of adults, and 10 people die in the UK from anaphylaxis induced by a food allergy every year.

Meet the Trainee - Angharad Davies

Friday, 12th January 2018

A post from the Trainee blog - Meet the Trainee - Angharad Davies

The leasehold market and the Government's promise to stop unfair practices

Thursday, 11th January 2018

The Government published its formal response to its consultation on tackling unfair practices in the leasehold market on 21 December 2017 ('the Report').

How should I deal with a county court judgment for debt?

Wednesday, 10th January 2018

A county court judgment (CCJ) is a court order to repay money you owe to a creditor.

New UK National Standard for Marine Oil Spill Response Providers Consultation

Wednesday, 10th January 2018

On 8 January 2018, a draft version of the new UK National Standard for Marine Oil Spill Response Providers was published for consultation. The consultation will run for two months from 8 January 2018 to 9 March 2018.

Sydney Seaplane Crash: Aviation Lawyer Calls for Urgent Answers

Wednesday, 10th January 2018

On Sunday 31 December 2017 a De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver seaplane, operated by Sydney Seaplanes, crashed near Sydney sadly killing the pilot and the 5 passengers.

Caspian case highlights importance of registering trade marks

Tuesday, 9th January 2018

The recent Caspian Pizza Ltd & Ors v Maskeen Shah & Anor case ([2017] EWCA Civ 1874) has, once again, highlighted the benefit of securing registered trade mark protection at the earliest opportunity.


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