The European Court has upheld the long-standing principle that parties to a dispute should be able to choose their lawyers without having to go through a tender process (or use a framework).
The Regulator of Social Housing has, this week, published a revised 'Regulating the Standards', largely to take into account the new Value For Money (“VFM”) Standard (which came into force on 1 April).
Key changes within the new 'Regulating the Standards' include:
- Updates to reflect the requirements of the new VFM Standard and accompanying Code of Practice, including how VFM compliance will be assessed as part of an In-depth Assessment;
- The clarity that 2017/18 accounts must be based on the requirements of the new VFM Standard, but recognition (which is likely to be welcome) that this may not be possible for all reporting requirements of the new Standard;
- An increased emphasis on Financial Forecast Returns providing details of all an RP’s planned activities, including projected development activity, and results of stress testing against the financial forecast; and
- Following on from the large number of RP “regrades” to V2 late last year, greater clarity on how a V2 grading is viewed by the Regulator, including some of the characteristics the Regulator feels may be shared by RPs at V2 (such as a weaker financial profile with less headroom against covenants or a significant financial event in the short term that could change the profile of the organisation).
The Regulator’s approach to the regulation of consumer standards, and its guidance on its approach to intervention, enforcement and use of powers, remain unchanged.
For more information
For further information relating to the revised 'Regulating the Standards', please get in touch with Gemma Bell.
On 8 July, news broke of the staggering fine of more than £183m the ICO intended to levy against British Airways as a result of a hack that took place in 2018, compromising 500,000 customers' data.
The Government has been refused permission to appeal a decision ruling that transitional arrangements in public sector pension schemes are discriminatory.
The Lifeline Project was a well-regarded charity. Failure to carry out the targets within the contracts led the charity into insolvency and resulted in a personal, 7-year disqualification order.
Many local authorities have assessed that a trading subsidiary or trading structure could be beneficial as part of generating income or the service delivery matrix.
On 23 July, trainees from Anthony Collins Solicitors will host an ‘experience day’, which will involve various activities and presentations, with lawyers and non-lawyers from across the firm.
The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) has launched a new scheme specifically for charities and not-for-profit organisations who want to advise EU citizens on UK settlement.
In the second part of our series on contract management pitfalls, we look at the risks and opportunities presented by payment mechanisms in construction contracts.
The Government has resurrected its plans to cap the termination payments for exiting employees in the public sector.
Under most construction contracts, the contractor takes on the ground conditions risk. However, a recent case has demonstrated that the risk can fall on the employer.
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