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What does the Cities and Local Government Devolution bill mean in practice?

The Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill (currently going through the committee stage in the House of Lords) follows up on the Government's election manifesto promise to devolve wider powers to combined authorities which choose to have elected mayors.

Ways to avoid challenges to a potential breach of the Public Sector Equality Duty – Case Law Update

Public sector organisations are to have due regard to the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), as set out in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, when exercising their functions.

Tax avoidance as a bar to Government contracts - an update

The Cabinet Office and Crown Commercial Service have provided guidance on the current procurement policy note regarding the use of the procurement process to promote tax compliance.

Reshaping the public sector - what does the post-election landscape hold in store?

Whilst successive polls give conflicting views as to which political party/parties will form the next government, what is clear is that come the 8 May we are likely to see a number of changes ahead.

Procuring and Contracting for Social Value and Supply Chain Transparency:  CCEG Intangibles

The increasing prevalence of ethically and sustainably sourced products indicates consumer values influence supplier behaviour. Adverse media coverage of some international brands' alleged poor practices in their supply chains means citizens are realising "cheap is dear". However, is government?

Top 10 issues in leisure contracts

Leisure provision is a high profile area of public sector service delivery and so negotiating an appropriate contract with the right partner is essential.

Whatever the rules, someone has to pay

A two-pronged assault on late payments doesn't guarantee any changes argues Assad Maqbool.

Helen Randall is speaking at the inaugural Social Value and Procurement: Transparency in supply chains conference

Social Value and Procurement: Transparency in supply chains conference will be held on Monday 30th March.

Trowers & Hamlins participate on a panel at MJ Future Forum.

We are delighted to be participating in a panel discussion with Pinnacle PSG at the MJ Future Forum on Thursday 26 March.

Make yourself State Aid aware - it pays to be prepared

With public authorities keen to take advantage of the greater freedoms on offer to pursue commercial interests, another less welcome focus has also come to the fore – the dreaded State Aid.  But the crux of the matter is that being State Aid aware, whether you are a public authority or its commercial partner, can be the difference between the success and failure of any new venture.

Effective management of operational contracts

In recent weeks several local authorities have allocated additional resource to managing their major contracts.  In these times of austerity and cuts, this blog considers the justification of this investment, how to best use this resource and points to consider during contract negotiation.

The User’s Guide to the new Public Contracts Regulations 2015 – Trowers & Hamlins launch new booklet

On 26th February 2015 the new Public Contracts Regulations came into force and contracting authorities are now able to benefit from the many changes and will need to ensure that all of their procurement documentation complies with the new requirements.

Socially responsible procurement report

Public Sector Commercial Partner Helen Randall made a significant contribution on the legal and local government content to the report launched on 10 March.

South Northamptonshire and Cherwell District Councils announce pioneering new partnership

As the country gears up for the forthcoming elections, along with death and taxes, it seems certain that local authorities will once again become an easy target for government cuts.

What is an establishment?

The trigger for collective redundancy consultation - "20 or more redundancies within 90 days or less" - trips easily off the tongue for anyone who works within employee relations.  However, turn to the additional factor – at "one establishment" - and the certainty starts to fall away.