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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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By Sydney White, Jim Halpert, Vincent Sanchez and Steven R Phillips Cyber attacks by both private actors and nation states against US critical infrastructure and individual communications users are on the rise. In Washington, DC, policymakers are increasing their focus on cyber threats on multiple fronts. While in recent days lawmakers have been somewhat distracted […]

Turnover up 5.5 per cent at Sidley’s London base

Revenue growth at Sidley Austin’s City office appears to be mirroring the firm’s global performance, with last year’s revenue rising by 5.5 per cent. Overall turnover at the US-firm went up 5.6 per cent to $1.41bn (£884m) during the 2011 financial year (8 February 2012) while revenue at the firm’s London office rose 5.5 per […]

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Reed Smith instructed on WorldSpreads administration

Reed Smith has won the role acting for the administrators of WorldSpreads, the spread-betting operator being wound up after accounting irregularities were found in its finances. London restructuring partner Charlotte Møller and Europe and Middle East disputes head Richard Spafford are understood to be advising KPMG partners Jane Moriarty and Samantha Bewick, who were appointed […]

Football, the mafia and other thrillers

Manchester City’s land battle with a Red Devil-supporting stubborn landowner has all the hallmarks of David and Goliath. A solicitor in the suburbs versus a QC. A garage boss up against an oil-rich football club backed by the local council. All legal life is here. Although the Blues’ £100m expansion plans have suffered a puncture, […]

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