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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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DWS moots closure of office after mass exodus

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) is considering the closure of its 5 Chancery Lane office as part of a cost-cutting drive. The office was home to the technology, media and telecoms (TMT) department, which last month saw 11 partners quit for DLA. A senior DWS partner said the defections had given the firm an opportunity to examine its […]

CC reclaims European M&A top spot

Former top dog Linklaters drops to second as CC storms ahead; US firms make good showing with eleven in top twenty Clifford Chance has regained the top spot in the European M&A tables for the third quarter of 2004, beating Linklaters in both deal value and volume. Mergermarket figures show Clifford Chance notching up 164 […]

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New UK legislation introduced to catch terrorists has caught three British bankers accused of Enron-related fraud who are now fighting extradition. By Jon Robins It is a somewhat unconventional strategy for defence lawyers to exhort UK prosecuting authorities to investigate the alleged criminal conduct of their own clients. Nonetheless, that is what is happening in […]

Freshfields overcomes conflict on Siemens deal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised Siemens Business Services on its £2bn sale and outsourcing deal with BBC Technology despite conflict of interest concerns raised by senior partner Anthony Salz’s position as vice-chairman of the broadcaster. Siemens appointed Freshfields in May and Salz was appointed in August. The deal concluded last week. “It was agreed with the […]

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