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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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Lord Woolf, winner of the The Lawyer/HIFAL Awards Personality of the Year, receiving his prize from Jayne Bowtell, director of legal recruitment company Reuter Simkin, which sponsored the award. Lord Woolf, soon to publish his extensive blueprint for the reform of the civil courts, headed the line-up of 15 winners at the awards night in […]

Hounslow reshuffle boosts legal team

EIGHT new lawyers are to be recruited because of a restructuring programme in a local authority legal department. The additional staff at Hounslow Council in Middlesex are being employed to deal with an increased workload generated by competitive tendering. Borough solicitor Mike Smith is expanding his team with four senior solicitors, three assistant solicitors and […]

Finers saves soldiers from Brunei death sentence

A LONDON firm of solicitors has helped secure the freedom of three soldiers who were sentenced to death in Brunei for allegedly exchanging guns for cough mixture. Finers partner Richard Curtin handled the successful appeal of three members of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces. The men had been sentenced to hang for illegally possessing firearms […]

Tupe two-year ruling widens right to action by employees

EMPLOYEES who lose their jobs as a result of a business transfer can take action for unfair dismissal regardless of whether or not they have been employed for a minimum of two years, following a decision in the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Lawyers say the judgement, handed down last month, will have”radical implications” for those people […]

Board and society row over audit

THE LEGAL Aid Board has attacked the Law Society, claiming it named a London law firm whose franchise was suspended. But society head of professional policy Russell Wallman says the accusation is a bid to divert attention from the board’s “disgraceful” behaviour over the suspension. Evans Butler Wade is threatening the LAB with legal action […]

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