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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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Publisher fights for costs

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“Intelligence. A big-time law firm has such a collection of smart people.” – Jeff Gordon, current head of Mayer Brown & Platt, who is moving to become general counsel of GEC at the end of this month, explains what he will miss most about private practice. No offence meant, we’re sure.

The catch-22 blocking bankruptcy

Three of the country’s senior judges have refused to close a catch-22 which is pricing thousands of potential bankrupts out of bankruptcy, but called on the Government to resolve the anomaly. The problem exposed by Lightfoot v The Lord Chancellor, 23 July 1999, is that before anyone can go bankrupt, they must put up £250 […]

PwC and Andersens to challenge MDP ban…

The challenge by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Arthur Andersen against the ban on multi-disciplinary partnerships (MDPs) in Holland has been referred to the European Court of Justice. The court’s decision on PwC’s dispute with the Dutch Bar Association will have a significant impact on the restrictions on establishing MDPs in the rest of Europe. PwC’s head […]

Lucent cuts legal panel

Lucent Technologies is reviewing its panel of around 10 UK law firms in a bid to rationalise its legal outsourcing following its rapid expansion in Europe. New York-listed Lucent has 17 lawyers in its Europe, Middle Eastern and African region, and a total market capitalisation of $170bn (u106.25bn). Corporate counsel for the UK and Ireland […]

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