Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB) successfully collaborated with Simmons & Simmons as one of its key sub-contractors when Simmons & Simmons won a place on the new Crown Commercial Services (CCS) panel for Finance & Complex legal services to central government and the public bodies. BWB will provide additional public and administrative law expertise.
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, previously referred to as the ‘Great Repeal Bill’ was introduced to Parliament last week. BWB's Melanie Carter, Emma Dowden-Teale and Alistair Williams discuss the main effects the Bill will have.
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?
Bates Wells Braithwaite has been appointed to the London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) as a “one-stop-shop” provider across all legal services.
On 27 April 2017, the much-awaited Technical and Further Education Act (“the Act”) received Royal Assent.
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.
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 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.
Brexit: The court’s decision – the nature of democracy and the fundamental principle of Parliamentary sovereignty >
You will be well aware by now of the judgment of the Divisional Court handed down on Thursday 3 November in R (on the application of Miller and others) v Secretary of State for the Exiting of the EU  EWHC 2768 (Admin). In its highly anticipated decision, the Court has resoundingly ruled that UK constitutional law requires the approval of Parliament before the Government can begin the formal process of leaving the EU. The constitutional and indeed political importance of this case cannot be underestimated.
Despite the general presumption that public authorities should be free to carry out their duties without fear of claims against them, there are some circumstances in which claims for damages may be upheld.
On Monday, Professor Jay announced a new strategy to ensure the Inquiry meets its remit (see the press release and full statement). In particular, she expressed the view that the Terms of Reference are achievable because she is proceeding on the basis that the Inquiry will not seek to replicate a traditional public inquiry in respect of each of the thousands of institutions that fall within its remit.
While the possibility of a British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities (‘the Bill’) has been on the political agenda for some years, only recently has it moved towards becoming a reality, with a consultation promised by the government in 2016.