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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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Singapore review group says no to full liberalisation of legal market

Following recommendations by a review committee to the government, Singapore is not expected to give the go-ahead for a full liberalisation of the country’s legal services sector. The review outlines proposals for a period of three to five years and covers all aspects of the local legal scene. Recommendations are understood to have been made […]

Clearer definition will help firms’ CSR commitments

It intrigues me how people in the legal profession frequently use the terms ‘pro bono’, ‘volunteering’ and ‘CSR’ as an interchangeable commodity. Having been a corporate social responsibility (CSR) manager for 12 months, it still intrigues me how people in the legal profession frequently use the terms ‘pro bono’, ‘volunteering’ and ‘CSR’ as an interchangeable […]

Forsters acts on invista development

Forsters has exchanged contracts for long-term client Invista Real Estate on a town centre redevelopment in Carmarthen. The firm was instructed on the £73m deal in March this year, acting on behalf of investment funds for Clerical Medical and St James’s Place, which are managed by Invista. Invista will purchase a vacant site and will […]

Survey reveals fifty per cent slump in individual pro bono hours

The number of hours individual lawyers dedicate to pro bono work has almost halved in the past five years, new research commissioned by the Law Society has found. Each lawyer on average now provides 15 hours of free advice a year, compared with 32 hours in 2002, according to the survey. The findings, which polled […]

Magic circle muscles in on AIM as value skyrockets

Ashurst , Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), DLA Piper, LG and Norton Rose have dominated Hemscott’s first client league table of top 100 AIM companies. Traditional FTSE players such as Allen & Overy (A&O), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have also started picking up on the bigger-ticket AIM action as the market has matured. Firms outside […]

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