Central, devolved and local government

It pays to have good faith in commercial contracts

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The High Court has recently provided guidance on a good faith clause in a contract with respect to a claim involving the use of a contracting party's data in the context of establishing a competing business. More …

EAT confirms voluntary overtime payable in holiday pay

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The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has now ruled that voluntary overtime should be included in holiday pay if it is paid sufficiently regularly to amount to normal pay. Our expert explains the impact this will have on employers. More …

ET fees ruled unlawful – what next for employers?

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Our employment expert considers some of the further detail of the Supreme Court's ruling to make employment tribunal fees unlawful, the implications this will have for employers and what to take into consideration going forward. More …

Webinar recording: How businesses can better contract with government

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Blake Morgan Partner Simon McCann recently joined forces with the CBI's Head of Government & Healthcare, George McFarlane to discuss best practice and guidance on tendering and contracting with central and/or local government. Listen to the recording here. More …

Could poppy seeds lead to you failing a drug test at work?

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Angela Rippon hit the headlines when she tested positive for opiates after eating poppy seed bread, Rebecca Ireland, outlines what HR professionals should consider if drug testing is carried out in the workplace. More …

Non Profit Distributing Model

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The widespread adoption of a new funding model for major infrastructure projects across the UK may have moved a step closer thanks to a key decision that has come to light. The Non-Profit Distributing (NPD) Model is an alternative to the much-maligned Private Finance Initiative (PFI) in which surplus profits are reinvested in the public sector rather than going to the private sector as unpopular 'windfall' payments. More …

Non-profit distributing - has Scotland found a model that works for infrastructure projects across the whole of the UK?

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However, the NPD model had to be placed on hold in both Wales and Scotland (where it was originally developed) due to the decision by the Office of National Statistics that an NPD scheme (the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) had to be given a public “on balance sheet” classification. More …

New year, new public procurement thresholds

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On 24 November 2015, Commission Delegated Regulation 2015/2170 amending Directive 2014/24 of the European Parliament and of the Council in respect of the application thresholds for the procedures for the award of contracts was made. More …

Procurement case law update: Woods Building Services v Milton Keynes Council

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This case is one of the first to look in detail at allegations of errors in the evaluation of tenders undertaken by a contracting authority. More …