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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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A haven of prosperity

Firms in the Republic are mopping up huge amounts of work on the back of a booming economy and a major trend towards privatisation – so much so that there aren’t enough lawyers to meet the demand. Fenella Quinn reports. The overwhelming message still emerging from the Republic of Ireland is that business is booming, […]

An exercise in integration

The Düsseldorf office of Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Loëber needed some permission to vote for the merger with Freshfields. Catrin Griffiths analyses the problems that inevitably arise when two firms of very different cultures merge So Freshfields has won the prize which Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith and Shearman & Sterling had so assiduously courted. Yet among […]

The City is the nucleus of the modern world

I do not think I want my ashes scattered in Moorgate, although there are worse places. The street certainly has endurance. Seen through the rain-smeared window of a cab, it doesn’t look much different from the way it did nearly 40 years ago when I walked down it on the way to my interview for […]

Set for a fight

One Essex Court has long been revered as the country’s leading set of commercial chambers. Its tenants are among the most highly-rated and highly-paid barristers currently at the bar, but they are leaving at an alarming rate. Matheu Swallow investigates One Essex Court has for so long symbolised all that is progressive about the commercial […]

Akin Gump loses London chief to Paul Hastings

US firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has lost the senior partner of its London office after he refused to relocate back to the US. Top corporate M&A partner Keith Hughes has turned his back on the firm and is moving to the fledgling London operation of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker. Akin Gump […]

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