Schools, colleges and voluntary organisations who work closely with children and young people are among those being asked to give their views on proposed changes to important safeguarding guidance and draft regulations.
Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB) has been highly commended in this year’s Legal 500 rankings, with the directory concluding that BWB is a “21st century law firm with a very knowledgeable and flexible team that provides pragmatic advice”.
In the recent case of RSPB, Friends of the Earth & Client Earth v. Secretary of State for Justice  EWHC 2309 (Admin), were partially successful in their application for judicial review, which sought to challenge amendments to the Civil Procedure Rules (‘CPR’) governing costs in environmental legal challenges.
On 26 July 2017 the Supreme Court unanimously found the fees regime in relation to the Employment Tribunal system to be unlawful and quashed the 2013 Fees Order that had introduced the fees.
A recent judgment by the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has confirmed that an accreditation body can be an ‘undertaking’ under the Competition Act 1998 and so can be challenged in the UK courts for alleged anti-competitive conduct.
The Fundraising Regulator’s Fundraising Preference Service (FPS) provides a single route by which individuals can ask to stop receiving direct marketing emails, telephone calls, addressed post and/or text messages from selected charities.
What does the unexpected election result mean for charities, businesses, campaigning organisations and others wishing to push forward their agenda, in the context of renewed concerns over the chilling impact of the Lobbying Act?
A recent decision by the Court of Appeal serves as an important reminder that it is vital to consider the exact nature of a particular court or tribunal’s jurisdiction carefully when deciding whether to initiate proceedings.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published a comprehensive report assessing the state of equality and human rights for disabled people in Britain.
The Care Quality Commission's future inspection plans will involve more unannounced visits and focused inspections, says CQC's chair >
The CQC's chair Peter Wyman recently announced that the regulator is planning to shift its approach to inspections of health and social care providers, noting that its inspectors gather more tangible findings during an unannounced inspection
Charities are having to get to grips with the Common Reporting Standard (CRS), one aspect of which has been the implications for beneficiaries abroad, where disclosure to the foreign tax authority may give rise to a risk to their human rights. An extremely successful initiative by the Association of Charitable Foundations, with BWB acting as their lawyers, has led to HMRC agreeing to put in place a mechanism to protect human rights.
This morning the Supreme Court upheld the High Court’s judgement in R (on the application of Miller and others) v Secretary of State for the Exiting of the EU  EWHC 2768 (Admin) by a majority of 8 to 3.
Learning from deaths needs much greater priority across the health and social care system, says CQC report >
The Care Quality Commission (“CQC”) recently published its report, ‘Learning, candour and accountability’, which considers how acute, community and mental health NHS trusts review and investigate the deaths of patients in England.
The duty to act proportionately in the exercise of public functions has, to date, arisen in discrete areas of law within our unconsolidated constitution. Emma Dowden-Teale explains the duty and its development.
BWB's Emma Dowden-Teale and Claire Whittle have written an article for Civil Engineering Surveyor on a recent procurement case.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse recently published a written update about its work, its people and resources, key achievements to date, and the commitments for the future of its three core projects: the Research Project, the Truth Project and the Public Hearings Project.
The Grand Chamber of the ECHR has found that Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights includes a right to information held by a public authority in certain circumstances.
BWB's Melanie Carter has been quoted in a Third Sector article regarding how pressure groups are increasingly using crowdfunding to pay for judicial reviews.