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In brief for week ending 9 July 2014

Make sure that you have not missed a key development in your area of the law by reading our In brief review of the latest Practical Law Public Sector e-mail.

Central government:

  • The  Cabinet Office has published an updated guide to making legislation.

Civil litigation:


Education and children’s services:

Employment and pensions:

  • The Court of Appeal has barred a claimant’s second set of race discrimination claims as an abuse of process under the rule in Henderson v Henderson (Agbenowossi-Koffi v Donvand Ltd t/a Gullivers Travel Associates).
  • The EAT has examined what factors are relevant when considering whether to make a costs order for the recovery of employment tribunal fees (Horizon Security Services Ltd v Ndeze and another).
  • HM Courts & Tribunals Service has published a new shorter application form for fee remission with effect from 30 June 2014.
  • Eight construction firms involved in the blacklisting of trade unionists and health and safety activists have set up a compensation scheme for affected workers.
  • A survey by the Equal Opportunities Review has revealed that the average compensation award in discrimination cases in 2013 was the lowest it has been for ten years.
  • GAD has announced major changes to its system for issuing passport certificates to contractors involved in public sector outsourcing exercises.
  • The DWP has confirmed that it will introduce new record-keeping obligations on public sector pension schemes from April 2015 in regulations made under section 16 of the Public Service Pensions Act 2013.


FOI and data protection:

Human rights:

Local government:

Property and planning:

  •  The Supreme Court has held that a sewerage undertaker had an implied statutory right to discharge surface water and treated effluent into a canal without the owners’ consent (The Manchester Ship Canal Co Ltd and another v United Utilities Water plc).
  • The Planning Inspectorate has given its decisions on 32 appeals by water companies against conditions in environmental permits for stand-alone discharges to groundwater and to surface waters.

Public procurement:

Regulation and enforcement:

  • The House of Lords Communications Committee is carrying out a short inquiry into the legal and regulatory framework around social media offences.

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