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In brief for week ending 26 August 2015

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Adult social services:

Children’s services:

  • The Court of Appeal has considered the correct approach to be taken when the court is presented with a local authority interim care plan for immediate separation of the child from his parents and the parents’ proposal for the family to be kept together through a residential assessment. These are two issues and must be dealt with separately in the court’s judgment, and there is no correct order for which issue is decided first (Re F-T (A child)).

Civil litigation:

  • The High Court has provided guidance on the format of bills of costs and the costs of the budgeting process (BP v Cardiff & Vale University Local Health Board).
  • The judiciary has published the terms of reference for Briggs LJ’s urgent review of the civil courts structure, which was announced on 27 July 2015.
  • The Law Society has launched a survey seeking feedback on the likely impact of court and tribunal fee increases being consulted on by the Ministry of Justice.


  • The Office of the Schools Adjudicator has published its determination in case ADA2875, concerning whether a voluntary aided school complied with the School Admissions Code when changing its admission arrangements for September 2015.

Employment and pensions:

  • An employment tribunal has held that the time limit for bringing a breach of contract claim, as set out in the Employment Tribunals Extension of Jurisdiction Order 1994, is not subject to the general six-year time limit set out in section 5 of the Limitation Act 1980 (Grisanti v NBC News Worldwide Inc).
  • The government has launched a consultation on its proposed introduction of an apprenticeships levy that will let employers choose and pay for the apprenticeship training they want.


  • Defra has:
    • along with the Welsh Government, launched a consultation on consolidating the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010; and
    • published an updated Great Britain invasive non-native species strategy.

Local government law:

  • The Welsh Government has published a consultation document on draft Directions to the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales 2016.

Property and planning:

Public procurement:

  • The Northern Ireland High Court has given a ruling on an application for early discovery by the plaintiff in a procurement action (Fox Building & Engineering Ltd v The Department of Finance And Personnel).
  • The Crown Commercial Service has published guidance on “public to public” contracts under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
  • BIS has announced a new requirement for bidders for government contracts to demonstrate a clear commitment to apprenticeships.
  • The Cabinet Office has published consultations on the transposition of Directive 2014/23 on the award of concession contracts and Directive 2014/25 on procurement by entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors and repealing Directive 2004/17.
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