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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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At least 16 per cent and up to 27 per cent of the male magistrates that sit on the Council of the Magistrates Association are Freemasons, according to a survey published last week. Anne Fuller, chair of the Magistrates Association, told the Home Affairs Select Committee that of the 51 male members of her council […]

Dibbs takes top spot in blue chip charts

Dibb Lupton Alsop has for the first time acquired more UK Stock Exchange listed clients than Freshfields, according to the The Company Guide, published by Hemmington Scott. Dibbs also had the fastest growing clients and the clients with the fastest increasing earnings for the second quarter running. The firm made a net gain of three […]

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Coopers to launch law firm in April

Big six accountancy practice Coopers & Lybrand is to set up its long-planned independent UK law firm at the end of April. It will be headed by Stephenson Harwood partners Mark Lewis and Christopher Tite. The new firm is to be known for the purposes of Law Society rules as Tite & Lewis, but will […]

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