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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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Watson Burton storms to another record year

Newcastle firm Watson Burton has enjoyed its second record year, with turnover up 29 per cent. The firm posted figures of £13.8m for the financial year to April 30, up from £10.7m in 2003. Revenue in 2003 was itself a rise of 27 per cent from 2002’s £8m. Profits per partner have yet to be […]

Arnold & Porter swings revolving door with new hire

Arnold & Porter has recruited a senior European Union (EU) competition official as the second partner in its Brussels office. Luc Gyselen’s appointment indicates that the “revolving door” policy where anti-trust officials in the US switch easily between public service and private practice, is being pioneered by US firms in Brussels. Last year Cleary Gottlieb […]

Morality bites

Human rights lawyer Phil Shiner is determined to bring the UK to book over the war in Iraq. Jon Robins reports How’s your father? If the tabloids are to be believed – and that’s a big ‘if’ – then his recent work representing the families of 13 dead Iraqi civilians makes this a more than […]

Counsel for Russian oligarch turns to EU

The Canadian lawyer representing imprisoned Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky is lobbying the EU in his latest bid to win the release of his client. Robert Amsterdam, of two-partner firm Amsterdam & Peroff, embarked on the campaign ahead of this week’s visit to Moscow by Rapporteur Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, who has been appointed by the Council of […]

Partnership becomes TV star prize

Despite the fashion for partner culls, a handful of US law firms are currently battling for the chance to take on a recently qualified lawyer as a partner, recruited via the rather unusual medium of reality TV. The Partner, a new show to be launched by Fox and Rocket Science Laboratories (creators of Temptation Island […]

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