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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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Neath PFI waste management project completes. Lender: Bank of Scotland, advised by Norton Rose (Jon Ellis). Sponsor: HLC (Neath Port Talbot), advised by Winward Fearon (Adrian Luto). Public Body: Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, advised by Eversheds, Cardiff (Eric Evans).

LA Skadden Arps loses M&A partner

New York firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is losing one of its leading mergers and acquisition partners to an investment house. Pacific Capital Group is luring Brian McCarthy from the firm’s Los Angeles office as its new general counsel and member of the executive committee. McCarthy has been at Skadden Arps for 22 […]

TAYLOR JOYNSON GARRETT

In the financial year 1999-2000, corporate and finance work accounted for 34 per cent of Taylor Joynson Garrett’s (TJG) total business. Understandably then, at 28 partners and 85 fee-earners, the corporate and finance group is one of the largest in the 49-partner firm. There are 19 corporate finance partners in the group, working under finance […]

Nabarros to hold senior partner vote

Nabarro Nathanson’s senior partner David Bramson is retiring – leaving the firm facing an election to find a replacement. Partners seeking the role are yet to come forward, but there will be an election within six weeks. Bramson will retire at the end of the financial year after 32 years at the firm. He joined […]

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