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Barnet Council wins Court of Appeal hearing against its One Barnet change programme
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Barnet Council wins Court of Appeal hearing against its One Barnet change programme

Judgment was handed down today, 2 August 2013, by the Court of Appeal in R (Nash) v London Borough of Barnet.  This is a landmark case on outsourcing of public services and has been closely monitored for the implications it will have on local government and the outsourcing market and the commissioning council model.

In the judgment, the Court of Appeal judges agreed with Lord Justice Underhill’s ruling that the case for a judicial review was out of time.  Lord Justice Davis concluded that the appeal case be rejected, stating:  “My opinion is that these proceedings were properly assessed as out of time and accordingly that this application should be refused.”

Helen Randall, Head of Public Sector Commercial at Trowers & Hamlins, which acted for Barnet in this case, comments on the implications for the wider sector and what local authorities and their private sector partners need to be aware of:

"This landmark case gives confidence to all Councils considering partnerships, joint ventures and outsourcings to save money and improve services including regulatory, customer and back office functions.  We are working with a number of government and contractor clients on new service delivery models to address the current economic and demographic challenges who will be relieved they can now progress their procurements."