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Sentencing Council publishes gross negligence manslaughter definitive sentencing guideline

The penalties imposed on individuals for fatal accidents in the workplace are set to increase after the Sentencing Council for England and Wales published its definitive sentencing guideline for gross negligence manslaughter. Walker Morris health and safety experts, Stuart Ponting and Robert Starr, consider the new guideline and the implications for employers and directors…

Energy Update – August 2018

This energy update includes the following white papers: CMA publishes final report on Heat Networks calling for new regulation The first National Infrastructure Assessment is published recommending growth in Green Energy NAO report on package recycling Update on Electric Vehicles Amendment Regulations 2018 – in force 24 July 2018 The Mayor of London’s Energy Efficiency […]

Will the revised NPPF lead to more affordable housing?

By Katherine Evans On 24 July 2018, the long-awaited revised NPPF was released. The omission of social rented homes from definition of affordable housing in Annex 2 of the draft revised NPPF has been addressed. Starter Homes are now included in the definition but secondary legislation is still required to set out financial eligibility for […]

Luxembourg publishes law on VAT grouping

As foreseen in our previous newsflash, the law on VAT grouping has officially been published, last Friday. The text – which provides for an entry into force on 31 July 2018 – modifies the general VAT Law. It now enables Luxembourg entities sharing financial, economic and organisational links to set up a VAT group, thus allowing them to […]

Reform of the Portuguese pricing and reimbursement system

By Edward J. Dougherty Following a recent reform in 2015, the Portuguese pricing and reimbursement system is sophisticated and comprehensive. Nevertheless, substantial discretion is allowed to the competent national authority, and this is the source of most challenges for innovators…

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Freshfields’ Paris office is advising DaimlerChrysler Aerospace in the German company’s agreed merger with France’s Aerospatiale-Matra, creating Europe’s largest aircraft company. Paris firm Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier is main adviser for Aerospatiale-Matra’s largest share holder, Lagardere, with Clifford Chance advising on the UK aspects of the deal. Rogers & Wells is instructing on US antitrust […]

It's been a bad week for…

Manchester firm Hamilton Ward & Co, which has been found liable to pay £6,176 compensation to former office junior Sarah Skinner, who lost her job after telling her employers she was pregnant. An employment tribunal in Manchester ruled the firm’s action of issuing her with a letter complaining about her work and threatening to sack […]

Insurance claim for Lords

A case which will probe the liability of the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB) to meet certain types of claims is heading for the House of Lords. Leave has been given for an appeal by Brian White, who was injured after a car in which he was a passenger crashed. White wants to challenge a finding […]

C&W shake-up to blame for losses

Communications giant Cable & Wireless is losing another in-house lawyer shortly after the departure of its general counsel. Legal adviser Bruce Macmillan is moving to ONdigital where he will become a company solicitor. Elizabeth Wall, former C&W general counsel, joined data network company Equant last month. Her departure from C&W a few months ago is […]

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