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25 Jun 2020

Government services 5 Minute Fix 04

By the Government Services team

Get your 5 Minute Fix of government sector news. This issue: The Palace Letters and disclosure of communications with the Sovereign; the perils of procrastination; privacy and record-keeping in a pandemic; procurement changes in response to COVID-19.

Administrative law

There are always plenty of administrative law decision in the courts and tribunals around the country; we've selected some notable recent highlights for our Administrative Law Updates:

Our Administrative Law Mythbuster series brings you up-to-date on the latest interpretations of some of the area's classic cases, and how they affect your day-to-day decision-making. The most recent mythbuster tackled Briganshaw, 82 years on: are you bound by it? If not, what use is it to a decision-maker? Learn more here.

Finally, we revisit the Blue Sky case, and its guidance for determining whether a decision is a nullity. Learn more here.

Privacy

Webinar: Government Briefing Data, privacy and record-keeping challenges in a COVID-19 world

Without question COVID-19 has posed the most significant and fundamental challenges to all aspects of working life. This Government Briefing canvasses the key challenges for the public sector information handling practices in the COVID-19 world now and extending beyond that to the medium term.

Procurement

In this time of heightened procurement, Governments across the nation are reviewing their current procurement regimes and, where appropriate, introducing  or engaging emergency measures, but not all changes have been COVID-related. For public sector agencies and their procurement teams, this means considering each procurement on a case-by-case basis. We've kept up with the latest developments in procurement here:

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