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Mandatory vaccinations for frontline health and care staff
On 9th September 2021 the Department for Health and Social Care launched a consultation, the results of which were published on 9th November 2021. The Government has decided that they will be introducing regulations to only allow providers of CQC-regulated activities to deploy individuals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to roles where they interact with patients and service users, unless exempt.
New Public Procurement Thresholds
Earlier this month the Government laid the Public Procurement (Agreement on Government Procurement) (Thresholds) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/1221) (“Regulations”) before Parliament. The Regulations will come into force on 1 January 2022 and will only apply to procurements commenced after that date.
Net zero strategies: key points to consider
On Wednesday this week, we proudly chaired a session at the Green Retrofitting and Property Decarbonisation Conference. The session was geared towards preparing for the retrofit challenge and discussed what your business can do.
Update: the end of the ‘overall arrangement for possession proceedings’
It has been recently announced that the “overall arrangements for possession proceedings” (such as review hearings, prioritisation of specific types of possession claims etc.) came to an end on 1 November 2021.  The arrangements detailed how the court system would manage housing possession cases after the stay on such cases was lifted in September 2020.
Devonshires listed as a Times Best Law Firm for a second year!
The Times has published its list, now in its fourth year, of the top 200 legal practices in England and Wales. We first made this list in 2021 and are delighted to have retained our listing for 2022.
Trivial data breaches and the de minimis threshold
The recent case of Rolfe and others v Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP has provided much needed clarity around the threshold of the de minimis principle in data protection law.
Devonshires rank highly in The 2022 Chambers and Partners Legal Guide
The 2022 Chambers and Partners Legal Guide has been published, and we are delighted to have maintained our Band 1 positions in Social Housing and Social Housing: Finance.
Nine new hires for our London office
Law firm Devonshires has added nine new hires to its London office.
Success in Venice Cruise Ship Crash paves the way for €7.5m compensation claim
Devonshires are instructed by Uniworld River Cruises Inc, owners of River Countess.
Data Sharing – ICO Code of Practice now in force
The ICO has published a statutory code of practice under section 121 of the Data Protection Act 2018 which came into force on 5 October 2021. It is a practical guide for organisations about how to share personal data in compliance with data protection law as well as the best way for organisations to meet obligations of accountability. It aims to give organisations confidence to share data fairly and proportionately. The code helps organisations to balance the benefits and risks and implement data sharing.
Devonshires retain 100% of their newly qualified Solicitors for the third year running
We are  delighted to have been able to retain 100% of our newly qualified solicitors for the third year running.
The problem of Covid-19 disputes remaining behind closed doors
With many Covid-19 disputes being dealt with by arbitration instead of court proceedings, the market is being left without legal precedent as to how to deal with these types of cases.