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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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BT reshuffles legal team and appoints new company secretary

BT has appointed BT retail general counsel Andrew Parker as company secretary, after moving former secretary Larry Stone into a new public affairs role. Parker will assume the role of company secretary from 1 April. He takes over from Larry Stone, who will oversee BT’s global lobbying efforts in a newly created public affairs position. […]

UK should eschew US class action model, says CJC

Procedures governing group actions by UK consumers need to be reformed but should not resemble US class actions, research commissioned by the Civil Justice Council (CJC) has found. Master of the rolls Sir Anthony Clarke said the research made an important contribution to the debate on what have been loosely termed class actions in the […]

Freshfields pledges international commitment in CSR report

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer published its latest corporate social responsibility (CSR) report last Wednesday (30 January). The report does paint an interesting but confusing puzzle that looks set to occupy the profession as a whole for the coming years. Introducing the report, Freshfields’ joint senior partners Konstantin Mettenheimer and Guy Morton wrote: “We aim to be […]

An uncertain future

Personal injury lawyers now have another deadline. The Ministry of Justice has at last made a statement on the proposed claims process reforms for personal injury claims, following the consultation which closed in July last year. However, the statement from Bridget Prentice, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, says only that they will aim to publish […]

Borough to become first ‘private practice’ council

A London borough is remodelling its legal services department to mirror that of a private sector law firm. Barking and Dagenham council’s radical shake-up will be a UK first for the sector, and involves recruiting three senior lawyers. The three partners will provide strategic direction for all legal and governance aspects of Barking’s corporate law […]

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