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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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The Volcker Rule — an overview

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Boutiques bloom as the legal market adapts to a sluggish economy Although the eurozone crisis has in the main swerved the Netherlands, things have taken a turn for the worse recently. The eurozone’s fifth largest economy has had its AAA credit rating slashed to AA+ by Standard & Poor’s on the basis of its poor […]

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Macfarlanes and Nabarro advise on £1.7bn More London deal

Kuwaiti property company St Martins has bought the More London estate from London Bridge Holdings for an estimated £1.7bn, marking one of the UK’s largest-ever commercial property deals. The 13-acre real estate portfolio includes a number of landmark buildings around the London Bridge area, including City Hall. Other tenants include Ernst & Young, Norton Rose […]

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Osborne Clarke wins back place on Nomura’s revamped EMEA panel

Investment bank Nomura has wrapped up a review of its panel firms in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), reappointing Osborne Clarke to its existing list of legal advisers.  Mayer Brown, Allen & Overy (A&O), Linklaters, Travers Smith and Ashurst all kept their places on the panel, which was last reviewed in 2010 (5 August […]

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