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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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Time for action on data security

A recent Microsoft case in the US highlights the lack of clarity over data security, and European businesses need to take note. In late April, the US authorities issued, via a New York court, a search warrant to Microsoft seeking the release of emails and data belonging to one of its customers, even though the […]

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Kirkland hires Weil banking star Stephen Lucas

The London office of Weil Gotshal & Manges has been the apple of many a US firm’s eye in the last 12 months. After losing a three-strong private equity team to Shearman & Sterling and its star tax partner Brenda Coleman to Ropes & Gray, the firm now faces its highest-profile partner exit yet – […]

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Khaitan & Co has advised Piramal Enterprises Ltd (India) (PEL) and IndiaReit Fund Advisors in relation to formation of a debt fund platform with initial aggregate size of $500m (£300m) where each of PEL and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board committed $250m. The fund will provide rupee debt financing to residential projects across India’s major […]

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