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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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Criminal case review body to face radical shake-up

The Home Office is threatening to instigate a shake-up in the commission that looks into suspected miscarriages of justice in a bid to clear the backlog of cases. A Home Affairs Select Committee is due to report on the Criminal Cases Review Commission in the next few weeks. Labour MP Paul Stinchcombe, who sits on […]

BAe threatens unethical firms

British Aerospace (BAe) is demanding that firms prove a commitment to pro bono work, or risk being kicked off its panel. The blue chip client’s call comes as companies increasingly review law firms ethical behaviour. BAe legal director Stuart Caroll has written to the company’s panel firms asking them what pro bono work they are […]

A Guide to Commercial Forum Shopping For In-House Lawyers

INTERNATIONAL commercial lawyers usually conduct their forum shopping in advance of disputes, avoid the US and, as a result of the Woolf reforms, are now more likely to use the UK courts. Since the early 1990s, commercial courts in the European Union have allowed parties to bring actions in the forum of their choosing. The […]

Don't put criminal law above civil

Vicki Chapman warns that by making criminal cases a priority in the legal aid budget, the Lord Chancellor will be playing a dangerous game. Vicki Chapman is the policy director at the Legal Action Group. The Lord Chancellor recently revealed that funds for civil legal aid could be squeezed if there is a heavy demand […]

Rivals snap up axed DAC lawyers

Sixteen of the solicitors made redundant from Davies Arnold Cooper have been scattered around four rival firms. The 16 have been divided between Garretts, Hammond Suddards, Addleshaw Booth & Co and Halliwell Landau. The Lawyer understands that Hammond Suddards is also about to finalise an agreement with three partners at DAC. Garretts is recruiting four […]

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