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Date: 16/09/13

Welcome to the latest edition of the Local Authority brief which aims to keep you abreast of all the latest legal developments in the industry.

We hope you find the Brief informative and would be pleased to hear from you. Please get in touch by contacting Mark Whittaker or any of the contributors if you would like to discuss in more detail any of the issues raised.

Along with a round-up of recent case reports, we consider the initial impact of the Civil Justice Reforms, we have an article on social care debt recovery, and also an interview with Rawdon Phillips – Insurance and Risk Manager, East Sussex County Council.

The DWF briefings continue in our Birmingham office. The sessions will provide informal training on the latest legal issues affecting insurers, brokers, health and safety and risk managers from both the public and private sector. Running from September 2013 until June 2014, each briefing will start at 1pm and finish at 2pm, including a Q&A session. A buffet lunch will follow, allowing you to network with your industry peers. To find out more, and to register, please click here.

Articles in this edition of the brief:

J-Day – How's your hangover?
Social Care Debt Recovery
Case law update: Highways
Case law update: Other local authority litigated claims
Driver First Assist
Interview with Rawdon Phillips – Insurance and Risk Manager, East Sussex County Council


The Spring 2013 brief covers a wide spectrum of topic including:

Health & Social Care Act 2012
Northumberland County Council wins dispute over care home fees
Counter fraud focus: Contempt of court
Civil justice reforms: Costs update
Case law update: Highways
Case law update: Other local authority litigated claims
Rachel Coppenhall speaks to William Featherby QC

The Winter 2012 brief covers:

School trips: preserving valuable activities but keeping children safe
Requests for Disclosure: DPA & CPR - Durham County Council v Dunn 2012
Civil Justic reforms: Jackson update
Sexual abuse and vicarious liability: The Catholic Child Welfare Society & Ors v. Various Claimants & Ors (2012)
Case law update: Highways
Case law update: Other litigated claims

The Autumn 2012 Brief covers:

Vicarious liability: local authorities and foster carers
Case law update: highways
Case law update: other local authority litigated claims
Counter Fraud Focus: gathering your evidence
Tree root subsidence: a guide to recent case law
Interview: Wayne Rigby, Risk and Insurance Manager, Doncaster MBC

The Summer 2012 Brief covers:

Costs Focus – Counting the Cost of Jackson
Highways Focus: Potholes Review - Prevention and a Better Cure
Regulatory Focus: HSE Prosecutions in the Public Sector
Fraud Focus: Contempt of Court Proceedings
Case Law Updates: Highways
Case Law Updates: Occupiers' Liability

DWF Local Authority Brief: February 2012 PDF DWF Local Authority Brief: February 2012
Local Authority Brief PDF Local Authority Brief

This information is intended as a general discussion surrounding the topics covered and is for guidance purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be regarded as a substitute for taking legal advice. DWF is not responsible for any activity undertaken based on this information.

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