Commercial and local authority landlords could benefit from urgently reviewing their legal options.
The new joint venture company will support Staffordshire’s young people to have the best education possible by safeguarding Staffordshire’s school support services and 1000’s of jobs for the future. Based in Staffordshire the company will provide an extensive package of services, including school improvement, catering, grounds maintenance, outdoor education and performing arts. Taking the county’s expertise and combining it with the private sector’s commercial acumen, the deal will see over £50 million of investment brought to Staffordshire in the first three years.
The legal work behind this new partnership was led by Jean Evans, Head of Legal Services, Staffordshire County Council, in collaboration with a team from Anthony Collins Solicitors comprising Sarah Lines, Gayle Monk, Natalie Singh, Doug Mullen and Mark Cook. Gary Delderfield of Eversheds advised the superannuation authority. Capita’s legal work was led by Hamil Stevenson. KPMG were the council’s financial advisers.
Anthony Collins Solcitors' partner Mark Cook said: “We are delighted to have worked throughout the procurement process with so many skilled officers in the council and with KPMG. Together we were able to deliver the resources and expertise needed to find and then strike the deal with an investment partner for the council.”
Jean Evans said:
This was truly a team effort. Every one pulled together to deliver a project that had multiple legal agreements and many layers of complexity.
Project sponsor John Tradewell said: “I am absolutely delighted that the council has been able to achieve contract signature less than a year from when the procurement was commenced. We can now focus on getting the project delivered and the joint venture up and running.”
The Cabinet Office has published guidance asking for people to act responsibly, fairly and “in the national interest”.
To help our charity clients look to the future, we summarise key guidance and updates over the last week.
On 18 May 2020, the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) wrote to all social housing residents in England (residents).
For anyone who is currently restrained from holding their General Meeting or have held such in breach of their governing documents, help is on the way!
Social landlords may be surprised to learn that “landlords should be able to carry out routine as well as essential repairs for most households”.
Many housing providers are now re-thinking about gathering information to complete their data return to the Regulator of Social Housing, with the initial exercise having been delayed by Covid-19.
With many premises being left unoccupied (or minimally occupied) during the lockdown, both Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive have warned of the increased risks of Legionella.
The Court of Appeal judgement in Booth and another v R  EWCA Crim 575 will be welcome news for local authority prosecutors and their investigation teams.
The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 came into force on 4 April.
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