In this ebriefing, we identify what we see as the key messages arising from recent prosecutions in the care and housing sectors.
Beulah Allaway and Martin Brown, solicitors in our construction team, have contributed the legal chapter to a new book entitled 'Social Value in Construction', published by Routledge and available to purchase from 17 December 2018.
The book has been produced through a collaboration of individuals with an international reach and headed up by academics at Nottingham Trent University; drawing on experience of academics and construction industry professionals, with Beulah and Martin providing insight into how to maximise social value through public sector contracts whilst maintaining compliance with UK public tendering law.
The conversation between many of the book’s collaborators began at a round table discussion on the subject, supported by the Association of Researchers in Construction Management and held at Nottingham Business School (part of Nottingham Trent University). Beulah was one of a small group of participants invited to take part in the discussion, which also included private and public sector contractors and clients, social enterprises and researchers and academics. Discussions on the day helped to crystallise the need for a text that is accessible for both researchers and practitioners.
The book is cited as the first book dedicated to the subject of social value in construction; setting the agenda by exploring important questions through real-life case studies and examples of best practice, to demonstrate how innovative companies can utilise contemporary research to create social value. Further details on the book can be found here.
Beulah Allaway has, for many years, supported public sector and social housing clients navigate public procurement regulations to achieve social value through works contracts, with Social Value in Construction being her latest publication on the subject. Together with Martin Brown, they offer a mixed disciplinary approach; being able to advise clients in the round on construction, public procurement and State aid issues. Their experiences working with clients on development projects and the public procurement rules fed into this project and helped inform their insights.
If you are interested in discussing social value, or have a construction or procurement query, please contact Martin Brown.
A recent High Court case on costs could prove essential reading for clients who have cases in the magistrates' courts.
The employment and pensions team offer practical advice on whistleblowing.
Partners, David Alcock and Sarah Patrice, have been involved in reviewing the new Code of Governance for community-led housing, published on 21 May 2021 by the Confederation for Coop Housing.
Following the eviction ban being lifted on 31 May 2021 and further to our previous ebriefing, the new notice of seeking possession forms are now available on the Government website as Word versions.
The European Court of Justice's standpoint on the Wiener Wohnen landowning developer case, and how the level of influence over the work did not amount to a decisive influence.
The Law Commission's Technical Issues in Charity Law report revealed that many charities struggle with a range of technical issue in the law.
The Law Commission recommended four key changes to the law in respect of mergers and the incorporation of charities which we have detailed in this ebriefing.
Over the last few weeks, we have published individual ebriefings on some of the key changes to be implemented following the Government’s response to the Law Commission’s report.
In April 2021, the Foreign Office halted funding for Oxfam following new allegations of sexual misconduct made against staff in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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