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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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Herbert Smith advises Kruidvat on selloff of Superdrug

Herbert Smith is acting for Dutch retail giant Kruidvat on the £800m sale of its retail and beauty business, including the 700-store Superdrug business, to Hutchison Whampoa. The deal has yet to complete.As part of its rollout, Hutchison, which is launching a 3G mobile phone service in October, is expected to distribute the new phones […]

KPMG capture adds to McDermott's Valley hike

McDermott Will & Emery has expanded its new Silicon Valley tax practice. Michael Gosk joins the partnership from KPMG, where he was an international corporate tax partner. The hire follows the arrival of an international tax team from Fenwick & West, which joined McDermott to launch its Silicon Valley tax practice in March 2002.

Ex-Berwin Leighton lawyer takes ISIS top spot

Former Berwin Leighton (now Berwin Leighton Paisner) planning lawyer Mark Ryder (left) has been appointed as chief executive of British Waterways’ new property public-private partnership with Amec and the Igloo Regeneration Fund. The new joint venture, named ISIS Waterside Regeneration, aims to unlock the potential of canal and riverside land across the UK. Ryder, formerly […]

DEAL OF THE WEEK – SONERA/YAHOO!

Davis Polk picks up Yahoo! instruction in Sonera deal Davis Polk & Wardwell has picked up its first instruction from US technology giant Yahoo! Inc, advising on the acquisition of a 15 per cent stake in Sonera zed, the wireless internet portal of Finnish telecommunications company Sonera Corporation.Sonera will transfer the 15 per cent stake […]

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