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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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Boundaries blur at the Bar

The crossover of counsel from the commercial Bar into the rarefied atmosphere of the Chancery Division has been a trend for a few years. More recently, however, solicitors are observing that chancery barristers are also dipping into the more robust realms of the commercial courts and the Queen’s Bench Division. As one leading practitioner comments: […]

Eversheds is appointed to be in-house Barclaycard lawyer

Eversheds has been appointed as the in-house lawyer for Barclaycard under an arrangement which will see a solicitor based permanently at the headquarters of the credit card company. Eversheds’ Leeds head of litigation, Howard Bryan, said the solicitor would work alongside the large in-house legal team at Barclaycard. He said the move would protect Barclaycard […]

New Devereux head calls for better professional standards

Jeffrey Burke QC, the recently elected head of Devereux Chambers, has called for a continuation of the Bar’s move towards higher professional standards and competence. Burke, who is replacing Peter Weitzman QC at the head of the set, says continuing to build on a service mentality will be a key policy for the chambers. “For […]

Irish government attacks A&L Goodbody on fees

A top ranking Irish law firm is refusing to reveal its hourly rates in a clash with the Government over the £3.19m it was awarded in legal fees following a tribunal lasting more than 200 days. A&L Goodbody was awarded the costs by the Taxing Master of the High Court for representing meat processing company […]

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