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Procurement passport – good news for SMEs

European Union - October 31 2011 The EU has recently been considering the problems faced by small and medium-sized enterprises in competing for public contracts.

The Bribery Act 2010 and local authorities

United Kingdom - October 31 2011 Having received Royal Assent on 8 April 2011, the much anticipated Bribery Act 2010 came into force in England and Wales on 1 July 2011.

Providing a reference where allegations have been made

United Kingdom - October 31 2011 Employers are often wary of providing a reference, particularly if it might mean an ex-employee does not get the job.

Identifying the purpose of compulsory purchase orders

United Kingdom - October 31 2011 In R (On the Application of Argos) v Birmingham City Council (2011), the court clarified the extent to which a compulsory purchase order must be tied to a specific purpose and/or general scheme as specified in a general vesting declaration.

Transfer of public health services to councils: valid doubts?

United Kingdom - October 31 2011 Many will be following the progress of the Health and Social Care Bill, which signals significant changes in the NHS, not least by proposing the transfer of full responsibility for public health services from PCTs to local authorities by 2013- 14.