Yesterday, on 6 August 2020, the Government published the above White Paper. The purpose of the White Paper is to do the following: “Planning for the future, landmark reforms to speed up and modernise the planning system and get the country building”.
We have known for a while that the State aid rules were unlikely to fall away following Brexit.
In the event of a “no-deal” Brexit, the Government has now laid draft regulations (The State Aid (EU Exit) Regulations 2019) before Parliament to establish a national framework for State aid. You can also find the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) guidance for a no-deal scenario, here.
At least initially, the rules are not going to change fundamentally. However, post-Brexit, it will be interesting to see how the CMA adapts to taking on the EU Commission’s role as regulator, and whether there is an increase in enforcement activity.
We also hope that the CMA will take the opportunity to consult on and issue new substantive guidance to help public bodies and those receiving support from the State, to navigate complex issues with a degree of assurance; especially as to distortion of competition, market operator benchmarking and the operation of Services of General Economic Interest.
We will provide further updates and commentary on the proposed framework in due course.
For further information on this briefing, please contact Alex Lawrence.
The Johnny Depp -v- News Group Newspapers trial concluded last week and has been widely publicised and reported on around the World.
On 30 June 2020, Boris Johnson announced radical changes to the planning system.
Six months after the first recorded case of COVID-19 in the UK, it is clear that charities, community organisations and volunteers have played a huge role in the UK’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic
This article is further to our previous e-briefing (published on 22 July 2020) where we informed you that there are new temporary measures (a new Practice Direction PD55c) that have been brought into deal with possession claims, following the stay being lifted on possession claims on 22 August 2020.
A podcast from Alex Loxton and Sumi Begum from our housing litigation team, discussing injunction applications and the courts approach in light of COVID-19 and the ban on possession proceedings.
We have asked colleagues in the Employment Law team to highlight what they think is key to managing a redundancy programme well.
The use of video remote witnessing of Wills will become law.
There’s no doubt about it, the COVID-19 pandemic has placed incredible pressure on the NHS.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s £3.8 billion SDLT giveaway may bring benefits for registered providers of social housing, according to ACS experts in the sector.
To receive invitations to our events, as well as information and articles on legal issues and sector developments that are of interest to you, please sign up to Newsroom.