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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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Solicitors to shun advocacy as criminal barristers strike

Solicitors will refuse to carry out advocacy in criminal cases during the forthcoming criminal bar strike, even if a court demands that they appear. The Law Society has told solicitors that they must not act, or continue to act, if a client “cannot be represented with competence or diligence”. Additionally, if a solicitor is not qualified as an advocate, […]

Tax alliance snares UK firm while doubling in size

Taxand, the alliance of independent tax boutiques born out of the ashes of Andersen Legal, has welcomed 10 new to its network including UK firm Chiltern. While initially working towards doubling its size in 18 months, Taxand has achieved its aim in just six months and it is hoping to secure one more member firm […]

A&O’s Keal exits for Simpson Thacher

Allen & Overy (A&O) heavyweight Tony Keal is moving to US firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett after 23 years at the magic circle firm. It is known that Keal has been in discussion with the A&O senior management for several months about his exit. Keal acts for key Simpson Thacher client Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) […]

SJ Berwin recaptures Usher from Dundas

SJ Berwin has won back senior competition partner Tom Usher from Dundas & Wilson almost 18 months after he defected from the firm. Usher left SJ Berwin to join the Edinburgh office of D&W as head of EU competition in January 2004. At the time he had hoped to base the majority of his work […]

White & Case rejig sees capital markets halved

White & Case rejig sees capital markets halved” /> White & Case has overhauled its London banking and finance practice groups in a controversial restructuring that has seen the capital markets team slashed. The shake-up has seen the high-yield and structured finance teams split from cap-ital markets to join the bank finance group. This has […]

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