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Claims inflation - council considerations
Councils are the UK’s largest employer and deliver vital publicly funded government services. They are acutely impacted by a broad range of inflationary drivers against a backdrop of reduced budgets and a potential reduction in services and resources.
Evidence gathering on the National Care Service (Scotland) Bill
By the end of 2023 Scotland is expected to have agreed the legal basis for a National Care Service, the first of its kind in the UK. The complexities and controversies of establishing a ground-breaking care service are now being experienced.
Kennedys adds experienced corporate partner as Singapore expansion continues
We are excited to announce we have appointed a senior corporate and capital markets partner with close to 30 years’ experience to our growing team in Singapore.
Personal Injury Brief: latest decisions December 2022
A roundup of recent court decisions raising issues relating to limitation defences in Scotland, the role of experts, the application of the Civil Liability (Contribution) Act 1978, and contracting out of fixed costs.
Freedom of information: two opportunities to consult
In the absence of action by the Scottish Government, on 1 November 2022 Katy Clark MSP launched a consultation on how to reform the Scottish freedom of information regime, with a view to introducing a Freedom of Information Reform (Scotland) Bill. Only 28 days later, the Scottish Government launched its own consultation. In an interesting turn of events, stakeholders now have two open consultations to which to respond.
National Care Service: cross-party Committee requires new Financial Memorandum
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has described the National Care Service (Scotland) Bill as the most significant reform to public services since the creation of the NHS. The Bill essentially allows Scottish Ministers to transfer social care responsibility - including staff, assets and equipment - from local authorities to a new, national service. However, as the Bill continues to progress through Stage One of the Holyrood legislative process, criticism has been mounting, not least around the likely associated costs.
COVID-19 public inquiry: preliminary hearings
The first preliminary hearings in relation to the COVID-19 public inquiry have now taken place before Baroness Hallett. In this article, we examine two of the modules which will affect organisations participating in public-related activities.
Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill: briefing note
The Levelling up and Regeneration Bill aims to reverse geographical disparities between different parts of the UK by spreading opportunity more equally.
Case review 2022-11-29
Limitation in childhood abuse cases – a key appeal decision
A judgment of the Court of Session has considered changes to limitation introduced by the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Act 2017. In this case, the defender failed on appeal to sustain defences in terms of section 17D of the Prescription and Limitation (Scotland) Act 1973.
Environmental sustainability legislation
In this article, we provide general commentary from a legal perspective on a number of sustainability topics in the environmental space.