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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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Baker & Botts takes Lovells energy chief

US firm Baker & Botts has lured Lovell White Durrant’s head of energy as it expands its London office. Tony Higginson joins the Houston-based firm’s London operation to lead its UK energy practice. He joins fellow energy partner Samantha Hampshire, who has defected from Arnheim Tite & Lewis (The Lawyer, 4 October). Higginson has specialised […]

Advice for those wanting to move

Like football management, running a City firm is increasingly a young man’s game. In the same week that Allen & Overy shocked the profession by electing 44-year-old Guy Beringer as senior partner, Berwin Leighton announced that Neville Eisenberg, a mere 37, was taking over as managing partner at the firm. When we meet for lunch, […]

Biddle outsources marketing

Biddle is outsourcing the bulk of its marketing work in a bid to increase cross-selling across practice areas. Former Ladbrokes in-house lawyer Marie Stevens and her specialist business services group company Corporate Mosaic will begin working for the 35-partner practice in the new year. Stevens says that Corporate Mosaic was appointed “to extend clients in […]

Time to pull together

It is impossible to quantify the amount of work or potential work that was being signed up at Legal Monte Carlo ’99, but it was clear from discussions at the bar as well as in the presentations that the relationship between in-house and private practice has reached a critical stage. DJ Freeman’s Laurence Harris declared […]

Russell Jones & Walker woos three partners from rivals

Leading personal injury firm Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) is poaching three partners from rival firms as it aims to double its size in Manchester. Michael Conner, a personal injury partner with trade union practice Thompsons and Richard Crabtree brain injury specialist partner at Betesh Fox & Co, who is also the secretary of the […]

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