The public sector is under mounting pressure to respond effectively to the agenda of the Coalition, with both central and local government finding the demands placed upon them increasingly more complex and challenging.
The Coalition have decided very substantial cuts in government spending. Under the Spending Review we see reductions in social infrastructure investment, changes in the way programmes are delivered, and very heavy emphasis on efficiency savings. Against that can be seen opportunities under the localism agenda, and in areas like energy and transport.
All of this will place heavy demands on central and local government. Some of these challenges involve complex legal issues and clear advice is essential for public sector decision-makers.
We recognise that there will be a very clear expectation that external service providers, not least law firms, must play a part in this - offering high quality services for lower cost.
We have been working with public sector clients for over 50 years: our experts understand the varied nature of government work and they have a wealth of experience to support in-house legal teams in meeting these challenges. Many of our lawyers had senior decision-making careers in government and, through our partnerships with clients, we have built a strong appreciation of how the public sector operates and the pressures faced.
We are appointed to the full commercial section of the Central Government Buying Solutions Legal Panel, which means we are approved suppliers for all forms of commercial work.
Now that the Phase 1 Hybrid Bill and Environmental Statement has been published, what should you do next on HS2?
The High Speed 2 (HS2) Bill London – West Midlands (the Bill) had its first reading in Parliament on Monday 25 November 2013. It was accompanied by an environmental statement (ES) and supporting documentation that amounts to approximately 50,000 pages.
To understand the full effects of HS2 on your land and interests on a temporary and permanent basis it will be necessary to review this documentation. Even if land is not being taken, the construction impacts could be severe.
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Affordable housing planning reform - where will it all end up?
In this briefing, we consider recent changes in planning legislation relating to affordable housing. View full briefing
The new Fair Deal for public sector pension transfers
HM Treasury has published new guidance on its Fair Deal policy. This follows a lengthy consultation process beginning in March 2011.
The guidance sets out how the reformed Fair Deal will operate; crucially offering staff transferred from public sector employment continued access to a public service pension scheme. View full briefing
Institutional investment in the housing sector
The appetite of institutional investors for the housing sector is finally
growing, attracted by innovative new models and assurance in steady
inflation-linked returns. Over the past year, a growing number of schemes
have secured investment, some of which are listed below, injecting some
much needed confidence into this sector. View full briefing
Court applies procurement award criteria
For public authorities struggling with mounting challenges to tenders and increasingly stringent transparency requirements, a recent, common-sense ruling by the Scottish Court of Session is likely to provide some relief. View full briefing