SWALA Procurement event: “The Procurement Bill – a discussion”

SWALA Procurement event: “The Procurement Bill – a discussion”

SWALA and Burges Salmon invite you to attend a seminar on some of the hot topics generated by the Procurement Bill, which is currently in its final stages in Parliament. Each speaker will briefly highlight a particular area for debate and a panel discussion will follow on the implications of the proposed legislation. The event will be of interest to all administrative lawyers in the South West, whether in private practice or in the public sector, who are interested in procurement issues.

Event programme

  • Ian Tucker – Chair 
  • Catherine Wolfenden – Osborne Clarke: “Contract performance and variations
  • Jorren Knibbe – No5 Chambers: “The ‘setting aside’ remedy
  • Lloyd Nail – Burges Salmon: “Challenging procurement decisions and awards
  • Laura Brealey – Bevan Brittan: “Exclusion and Debarment

Event details

Date: Thursday 11 May 2023


17:00 – Registration 

17:20 – Welcome

17:30 – Speakers

18:10 – Discussion

18:30 – Drinks, nibbles and networking 

Venue: Burges Salmon, One Glass Wharf, Bristol BS2 0ZX [map]

Registration:  Please book here. A confirmation e-mail will be automatically generated on registration.  If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail or encounter any technical difficulty when registering, please either try again or contact the Burges Salmon seminars team at events@burges-salmon.com.

Personal information provided on the registration form or collected during the event will be shared with the event organisers from Burges Salmon LLP and South West Administrative Lawyers Association who will use it to communicate with you regarding this event and for pre- and post-event administration purposes. Data regarding your attendance of the event will also be shared between Burges Salmon and South West Administrative Lawyers Association. For more information, please read each of the organisations’ privacy policies here: Burges Salmon LLP and South West Administrative Lawyers Association.

Lecture – Professor Sheelagh McGuinness – 8 February 2023

Reproductive Decision-Making in the Court of Protection
Wednesday, 8 February 2023 
Guildhall Chambers, Bristol 

SWALA invites you to a lecture to be given by Professor McGuinness on 8 February 2023 at 5.00pm. Guildhall Chambers have kindly agreed to host as both an in-person and online event. The number of in-person spaces is limited so please book early. The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion. We hope to see you there.

Over the past few years, several cases concerning decision-making and consent in pregnancy and/or birth have come before the Court of Protection of England and Wales (CoP). They have generally involved women with either intellectual or psychosocial disabilities, with decisions being made in their ‘best interests’ where they have been found to lack decision-making capacity, in accordance with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA). Drawing on research undertaken as part of the Wellcome Trust funded BABEL Collaborative Award Professor McGuinness will explore themes that emerge from the approach to decision-making in the CoP, including issues of time, foetal interests/ value, and prospective decision-making.

Our speaker is Sheelagh McGuiness, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Health, Law and Society at the University of Bristol Law School. She has wide ranging interests in health law with a specific focus on the regulation of reproduction. You can find out more about her research here.

The talk will be followed by a panel discussion considering practical issues that can arise in CoP cases that involve these types of decisions.

Date: Wednesday 8 February 2023

Registration: 5.00pm

Lecture: 5.10pm

Drinks: 6.00pm

Venue: Guildhall Chambers 5-8 Broad Street, Bristol BS1 2HG

RSVP – Please register with David Gardner (dga@no5.com) indicating whether you wish to attend in-person or online. Instructions for online joining will be sent to you in advance of the lecture. There is no charge for attending either in-person or online.

Is the asylum system broken? – Colin Yeo

SWALA invites you to a lecture to be given by Colin Yeo on 20 September 2022 at 5.00pm.  Bristol Law Centre have kindly agreed to host as both an in-person and online event. The number of in-person spaces is limited so please book early.

• Former Home Secretary Priti Patel claimed that the United Kingdom’s asylum system was broken. The only conceivable response to rising numbers of small boats crossing the Channel is supposedly to send new entrants to Rwanda. Her successor, Suella Braverman, herself a controversial former Attorney-General, seems likely to pick up where Patel left off. But what is really going on behind the headlines and spin?

• Our speaker is Colin Yeo, a barrister at Garden Court Chambers in London specialising in immigration, asylum and nationality law. In 2020 he published Welcome to Britain: Fixing Our Broken Immigration System, a book charting and examining immigration policy over the last thirty years and setting out some ideas for how to start putting things right. Colin also manages the Free Movement immigration law blog (freemovement.org.uk), which he founded in 2007. Colin will take a careful look at the reality of the current asylum system, in which almost all those claiming asylum are eventually recognised as refugees, but only after years of waiting in enforced destitution.

Date Tuesday 20 Sept 2022

Registration 5.00pm

Lecture 5.15pm

End 6.00pm

Venue Bristol Law Centre, 2, The Hide Market, West St, Bristol BS2 0BH

RSVP – Please register with David Gardner (dga@no5.com) indicating whether you wish to attend in-person or online. Instructions for online joining will be sent to youin advance of  the lecture.

There is no charge for attending either in-person or online.

SWALA Annual Lecture – Mrs Justice Steyn – 16 March 2022

Of cakes and balances: when rights collide 
Wednesday, 16th March 2022 
5.30pm – 6.30pm @ St John’s Chambers, Bristol 

The South West Administrative Lawyer’s Association invite you to this lecture given by The Honourable Mrs Justice Steyn, Liaison Judge for the Administrative Court in Wales, the Midlands and Western Circuits. 

St John’s Chambers are kindly hosting the event:

5.00pm Refreshments

5.30pm Of cakes and balances: when rights collide

6.30pm Drinks and canapés

To book your place please visit: www.stjohnschambers.co.uk/seminars

We very much hope that you can join us in person, but, if that is not possible, we are also offering this as a hybrid event. If you wish to join remotely please register here.

Brexit Bitesize – SWALA update on the ramifications of leaving the EU

** Postponed **

Regrettably we have had to postpone the Brexit Bitesize seminar due to a lack of take-up, possibly due to the ongoing pandemic.  The seminar was intended to be a free event aimed at providing an accessible overview of the current implications of Brexit and to provide an opportunity to catch-up with colleagues.   We would still like to gauge the level of interest in trying to re-arrange this event and, if you would be interested in attending such an event  in the new year, please let us know by registering your interest by replying to this e-mail at admin@southwestadminlaw.org

Speakers and topics 

• Procurement – Laura Wisdom (Burges Salmon)
• Environmental and Planning – Nina Pindham (No 5 Chambers)
• Immigration (EU Settled Status) – Ashley Norman (Bevan Brittan)
• Competition – Matthew O’Regan (St John’s Chambers)
• Subsidy Control – David Owens (Bevan Brittan)

If this event is re-arranged, registration will be required even if you have previously registered to attend either the online or in-person event.

“Covid-19: regulation and redress”

SWALA held a free webinar on 29 April kindly hosted and chaired virtually by Polly Sweeney of Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP.

Speakers and topics

• “Regulating Covid-19: the danger of messy lawmaking through the lens of the right to protest” – Adam Wagner, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers

• “When can you claim for lost income under the Human Rights Act 1998?”- Guy Adams, Barrister, St John’s Chambers


Thursday, 29 April 2021

The video can he viewed here:

SWALA NHS Webinar – 26 November 2020

The South West Administrative Lawyers Association (SWALA) held a webinar on the NHS in association with St John’s Chambers on 26 November 2020

A video of the webinar can be viewed here:

SWALA Survey

SWALA is keen to learn how it might do more to promote its objective of bringing together all practitioners with an interest in Administrative Law in the South West:

  • To promote the development of specialist expertise in administrative and public law in the South West of England.
  • To encourage and support the use of the local jurisdiction of the Administrative Court.
  • To provide a forum for discussion.
  • To encourage education and training.
  • To protect and promote the efficiency and capacity of Courts in the South West of England to deal with administrative and public law matters.

We would therefore be very grateful if you could take few minutes to complete our short online survey.