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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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Debevoise swipes Linklaters partner

Debevoise Plimpton has snared Linklaters London corporate partner Guy Lewin-Smith. Lewin-Smith will take up his post as partner in the US firm’s London corporate team in the New Year. Debevoise Europe managing partner James Kiernan said: “Guy has an impressive breadth of practice. His UK and cross-border M&A and equity capital markets capabilities will strengthen […]

Finland’s Hannes Snellman outstrips rival Roschier

Hannes Snellman has leapfrogged Roschier to become Finland’s largest law firm after a massive 39 per cent leap in turnover. The firm made e45.9m (£32.18m) in gross revenue in its last financial year, compared with Roschier’s e45.1m (£31.61m), but the latter remains Finland’s most profitable, with an average profit per equity partner in excess of […]

Cayman Islands

The volatility of the US sub-prime lending market has highlighted the need for offshore funds to be truly offshore. By Sam Shires and Erin Gray Ensuring that an offshore investment fund is truly managed offshore has always been an important factor for tax reasons, but in these times of turbulent markets the location of the […]

Offshore

What a difference a year or two make when it comes to the expansionary tactics of offshore law firms. Just 24 months ago the offshore legal market was a very different beast. Since then there have been no fewer than four mergers within the ‘offshore magic circle’, not to mention a myriad of office openings. […]

Isle of Man: funds

The Isle of Man has launched two new funds aimed at attracting top overseas investors. Simon Harding and Paul Branford report In September 2006 the Funds Review Group (the FRG) was established and charged with of reviewing the Isle of Man’s investment funds industry. The group, which comprised leading members of both the public and […]

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