Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry announces new investigation into child protection in religious organisations and settings >
On 2 May 2019, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IISCA) announced a new investigation into child protection in religious organisations and settings, including places of worship, places of faith tuition and places attended by young people, such as youth groups, in connection with their religions beliefs.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is considering the question of introducing mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse in England and Wales.
Challenging local authority budgets in the face of cuts – R. (on the application of Hollow) v Surrey CC >
This case concerned an unsuccessful claim against a Local Authority’s projected budget cuts to the provision for schools and special educational needs and disabilities (SSEND).
The Information Commissioner has, in a report to Parliament, recommended extending the access to information regimes under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR).
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse: Government Responds to Interim Report and Recommendations >
On 19 December 2018, the Government published its response to the recommendations set out in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse’s (IICSA) Interim Report (which was published in April 2018).
Bates Wells has been recognised across four categories in the shortlist for this year's Legal 500 Awards.
30 November 2018: Bates Wells has hired the entirety of Pennington Manches’ Professional Regulation team in a move that significantly boosts Bates Wells’ Public & Regulatory capabilities.
Bates Wells will now be able to advise a wider range of public sector bodies across a range of legal services from public and regulatory law, through to contracts, litigation, outsourcing, intellectual property and many other areas of law.
When is a private body treated like a public body in the courts? KPMG not subject to a public law challenge for its role in a Barclays compensation scheme >
The Court of Appeal has recently upheld a High Court decision that KPMG should not be subject to public law challenge in relation to its role in a Barclays compensation scheme. The judgment provides important guidance on when private organisations may be susceptible to public law challenge.
Melanie Carter, Partner and Head of Public & Regulatory, and Claire Whittle, Senior Associate, have written for the Law Society Gazette on a recent ruling by the Supreme Court focusing on the concepts of equal treatment and unfairness in judicial reviews.
Safeguarding, as critically important as ever and rapidly rising in the regulatory agenda and media prominence, has been hastily evolving in the past six months.
Judicial review is, in the absence of a specific statutory appeal process, the way in which we are able to hold public bodies to account for their decisions.
The decision of the Supreme Court in R (on the application of Bancoult No 3) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Respondent)  UKSC 3, published on 8 February 2018, provides an overview of when the court will admit leaked intelligence material as evidence.
Bates Wells Braithwaite’s Public & Regulatory team have contributed a by-lined article for the Law Society Gazette on a case which has important implications for Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks.
Schools, colleges and voluntary organisations who work closely with children and young people are among those being asked to give their views on proposed changes to important safeguarding guidance and draft regulations.
Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB) has been highly commended in this year’s Legal 500 rankings, with the directory concluding that BWB is a “21st century law firm with a very knowledgeable and flexible team that provides pragmatic advice”.
In the recent case of RSPB, Friends of the Earth & Client Earth v. Secretary of State for Justice  EWHC 2309 (Admin), were partially successful in their application for judicial review, which sought to challenge amendments to the Civil Procedure Rules (‘CPR’) governing costs in environmental legal challenges.
On 26 July 2017 the Supreme Court unanimously found the fees regime in relation to the Employment Tribunal system to be unlawful and quashed the 2013 Fees Order that had introduced the fees.
A recent judgment by the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has confirmed that an accreditation body can be an ‘undertaking’ under the Competition Act 1998 and so can be challenged in the UK courts for alleged anti-competitive conduct.
The Fundraising Regulator’s Fundraising Preference Service (FPS) provides a single route by which individuals can ask to stop receiving direct marketing emails, telephone calls, addressed post and/or text messages from selected charities.