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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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Electra Partners boosts Ashursts’ Euro network

Ashurst Morris Crisp’s European offices have been put to the test after snaring the multi-jurisdictional mandate for Electra Partners’ secondary buyout of Italian chemicals distributor Azelis Sarl. Electra’s e135m (£93.1m) purchase from Permira, the third exit the private equity rival has made in just over a week, was run out of Frankfurt. As well as […]

Publicis UK growth prompts search for London counsel

French advertising giant Publicis Groupe is set to launch a UK legal function and is on the hunt for its first London-based lead counsel. The move follows the rapid expansion of the group in the UK. Publicis general counsel Russell Kelley said: “We now have a critical mass in London, which justifies the creation of […]

ECJ tells Italy to liberalise access to legal profession

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ordered Italy to liberalise its regulations governing access to the Italian legal profession. The ECJ has demanded that Italy’s national bar council does not reject out of hand qualifications gained in other European Union (EU) Member States. The court ruled that by blocking part-qualified French national Christine Morgenbesser […]

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US firm Kilpatrick Stockton is set to become the fourth law firm to move to Canary Wharf, providing another boost to the site’s prospects. The Atlanta firm is understood to be on the verge of signing up for 28,000sq ft at One Canada Square, with rent at an estimated £42 per sq ft. The office […]

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