New procurement rules – a chance to have your say
Helen Randall at Trowers & Hamlins outlines the major changes to procurement rules proposed in the Green Paper. For councils, this could mean co-designing evaluation criteria with health and other tiers of government.
Navigating the legal risks of investing in property
Some local government treasurers are asking if today's property investment companies will be tomorrow's Icelandic banks, says Helen Randall. She outlines the legal pitfalls to navigate and the key commercial aspects to consider.
Court of Appeal Faraday Judgment: An amber light for unprocured development joint ventures
The Faraday judgment does not mean that councils cannot proceed with unprocured development schemes but it does mean that they should do so with robust legal justification, say Helen Randall and Kavita Roy of Trowers & Hamlins LLP
How Barnet bounced back from the brink
Helen Randall comments on how, following the success in the Court of Appeal, Barnet LBC now signposts the way for other authorities seeking to adopt the Commissioning Council model.
All change for late payment rates
Local authorities must get to grips with the interest rates on late payments now, following the implementation of new EU regulations, writes Helen Randall.
Are the current public procurement rules getting in the way of political support? Helen Randall and Paul Hopton examine the issues.
Lessons from the Barnet High Court ruling
Helen Randall sets out how the Barnet judgement will affect commissioning councils.
A challenge to local government
The effects of the Localism Act on service provision are far-reaching, claim Helen Randall and Mike Mousdale.
Don't forget the community right to challenge
The community right to challenge may lead to more council services being outsourced say Helen Randall and Mike Mousdale.
Outsourcing regulatory services
Outsourcing regulatory services is new but growing market, however a lot of issues need to be considered. Helen Randall explains.
A stealth challenge to council services?
Helen Randall and Mike Mousdale claim the Localism Act could lead to local authorities having to relinquish in-house provision of services.