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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 latest mega-deal in the mining industry has gifted roles to a group of elite US and Canadian firms. US aluminium giant Alcoa has instructed Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton to advise it on its $33bn (£16.54bn) unsolicited bid for Canadian rival Alcan. Stikeman Elliot is advising Alcoa […]

The work-life quiz with Roger Smith

What was your first-ever job?Porter at the now closed Cane Hill Mental Hospital near Croydon. Name: Roger Smith Title: Director Organisation: Justice Lives: Tufnell Park, North London Education: University of York Work history: 1971: Articled clerk, Allen & Overy 1973: Solicitor, Camden Community Law Centre 1975: Director, West Hampstead Law Centre 1979: Freelance advocate 1980: […]

W&C raids McDermott for London cap markets team

White & Case has raided McDermott Will & Emery for two capital markets partners to join its equity capital markets (ECM) team. Andrew Croxford and Andrew Caunt have joined the firm’s team which is actively seeking further lateral hires in London and Europe. Capital markets partner at White & Case, Tim Jeveons, commented: “The equity […]

Linklaters axes breakaway associates

Linklaters has fired three associates from its Portugal office after discovering their plans to leave the firm and set up the Lisbon office of a major competitor. The document, called Project Iberia, was found saved on the desktop of one of Linklaters’ laptops, and detailed how the associates would leave the firm to launch a […]

Dickinson Dees hires three into chemicals

•Newcastle giant Dickinson Dees has hired three new lawyers for its chemical & pharmaceuticals group. Patricia Barclay joins as a consultant from Vanguard Medical Group, now called Vernalis, where she was general counsel, and Alison Moss joins as an associate from Teesside-based Sembcorb Utilities. Simon Stuttaford joins as an assistant from Leuven University, Belgium, where […]

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