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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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TfL general counsel joins Severn Trent

Transport for London’s (TfL) general counsel Fiona Smith has quit after just over two years in the role. Smith, who joined TfL in autumn 2003 is leaving at the end of the year to join Severn Trent as general counsel and company secretary. She will be replaced temporarily by Peter McGuirk. During her time at […]

A&O, CC, DWS win roles on record Islamic bond

Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance and Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) have landed instructions to advise on the issue of the largest-ever Islamic bond. The landmark Islamic bond, or Sukuk, is being used to finance Dubai-based container terminal operator DP World’s £3.3bn recommended bid for P&O. The unique financing deal combines a $6.5bn (£3.76bn) loan […]

O’Brien withdraws as Freshfields election kicks off

The Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer senior partner election kicked off yesterday with partners set to choose German senior partner Konstantin Mettenheimer with either Guy Morton, Graham Nicholson or Philip Richards. Corporate partner Barry O’Brien has withdrawn his candidacy. It is understood that O’Brien withdrew due to the ongoing Law Society investigation into Freshfields’ conflict of interest […]

Central and Eastern Europe

The Central and Eastern European (CEE) markets are opening up dramatically. As a result, a wider range of financial product is being offered in the region, while the consumer and property markets are also developing. Consequently, the local legal sector is experiencing an equally dynamic evolution. This CEE special report focuses on developments within Russia […]

White & Case leads Thai securitisation

White & Case has advised the lead managers to the Royal Thai Government on its largest securitisation to date. The government issued Bt10.3bn (£143.4m) of notes in four tranches with separate maturities. The bonds are secured by 30-year leases on the government’s new offices at Chaengwatthana and are the first to be sold under a […]

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