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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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The College of Law’s new approach to the LPC has won the approval of the Law Society’s Legal Practice Course Board and will be taught from September 2001. The new course has been approved ahead of those formulated by the three providers – Nottingham Law School, the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice and BPP – […]

ONdigital in-house team turns big guns on BSkyB

ONDIGITAL’s in-house legal team has won the first step in its campaign against BSkyB under the new Competition Act. Herbert Smith’s client, satellite broadcaster BSkyB, is facing a full investigation from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) on how it sells its sports and film channels to rival cable and digital broadcasters. The in-house team […]

Temple and Lincoln's Inn sets to merge

From February 2000, Lord Neill of Bladen QC – currently joint head of Temple-based chambers One Hare Court – will lead the new 44-strong set. The new chambers – which will be called Serle Court – will be based at 6 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn. Lord Neill says: “This is a unique move. Never before […]

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Finning International

Finning International makes £322m recommended cash offer for Hewden Stuart. Finning advised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Matthew Cosans) and Schroder Salomon Smith Barney. Hewden Stuart represented by Maclay Murray & Spens (David Cooke) and Noble Grossart.

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