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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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Bevan Brittan makes Brum chief redundant

Bevan Brittan makes Brum chief redundant” />Bevan Brittan is to shake up management of its Birmingham office following the redundancy of it current office head Sharon McCann, The Lawyer can reveal. Head of health Steve Hughes has moved from Bristol to replace McCann as head of the Birmingham office. At the same time health partner […]

Dewey & LeBoeuf Paris trio go it alone as French legal market switches focus

Three former lawyers from Dewey & LeBoeuf’s French office have broken away to form a dispute resolution boutique during a period of intense activity in the French legal market. Olivier Laude, who was co-managing partner of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s Paris office, has set up the firm with former associates Richard Esquier and Victor Champey. Laude […]

Alston & Bird merges with 83-lawyer Weston; hires 12 from Akin Gump

Alston & Bird has secured its much-anticipated merger with west coast firm Weston Benshoof Rochefort Rubalcava & MacCuish. The Atlanta firm announced today (Wednesday 30 July) that it was merging with the 83-lawyer Weston, a deal that will give the larger US firm its first outpost in Los Angeles. As The Lawyer reported yesterday (29 […]

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