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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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Clerks foresee huge delays under LAB

HORRENDOUS delays would follow any move to deprive the courts of the power to administer criminal legal aid, according to the president of the Justices’ Clerks’ Society. Peter Dawson has told the society’s annual conference in Harrogate of the dangers of their losing the right to consider legal aid to the Legal Aid Board. Pointing […]

Calling the shots

Earlier this year, Bar chairman Peter Goldsmith visited the Department of Education to express concern about the worsening funding situation facing trainee barristers. With less than six per cent of students getting their full fees paid by local education authorities and only 17 per cent getting some form of assistance (compared with 47 per cent […]

AXA's specialist to develop sector

Life office AXA Equity & Law has appointed Vanessa Carver as national accounts manager with sole responsibility for developing business within the legal profession. Carver returns to AXA after several years previously spent with the life office. Graeme Laws, who heads AXA’s marketing to the IFA sector, says: “Being a company originally founded by lawyers […]

Firm mourns loss of partner

LAWYERS at Denton Hall are mourning the death of corporate group head Andrew Britton in a car crash. Britton’s funeral was held last week following the accident on 22 April. Colleague Simon Brown says he “had a rare combination of intellect, inventiveness and wit”. He describes Britton as “a brilliant lawyer whose sense of fun […]

Bar rejects Law Soc's fee claims

THE BAR is infuriated by a Law Society attack on the level of legal aid fees paid to barristers denouncing “excessive” QC fees of up to £300,000 a year. Law Society president Charles Elly has moved to steal the Lord Chancellor’s legal aid thunder by announcing a blueprint for reform to restore public eligibility without […]

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