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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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KLegal lures tax head for new group

KLegal, the associated law firm of KPMG, has launched its tax litigation practice. The firm has lured James Bullock from Ashurst Morris Crisp to head the department. He joins at director level, the big five accountants’ equivalent to a salaried partner. The move reunites Bullock with Stephen Machin, his former boss and head of tax […]

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Sir Nicholas Lyell QC has had a long and prestigious political and legal career. Matheu Swallow meets the seriously straight-talking former Attorney-General upon his return to the bar. It seems only proper to introduce the Right Honourable Sir Nicholas Lyell QC with his full and formal title. After all, the former Attorney-General is a man […]

Maxwell's lawyers demand more fees

Alun Jones QC – the highest paid criminal legal aid barrister in 1997 – is to ask the High Court for an additional £350,000 in basic fees he claims he earned for representing Robert Maxwell’s son. He will be joined by Clare Montgomery QC – like Jones a tenant at 3 Raymond Buildings – who […]

Drugs giants get advice from US firms

US FIRMS are advising on the merger between pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Warner-Lambert. Both companies have instructed New York-based lawyers on the £51.2bn merger – one of the five biggest – which will create the world’s second largest pharmaceuticals group. Pfizer has instructed Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft and Kaye Scholer Fierman Hays & Handler. Warner-Lambert […]

Hammonds to make liability insurance separate business

Hammond Suddards is making its liability insurance department a separate business because it is not successful enough. Exactly how this will be achieved was discussed at a partnership meeting on Saturday (12 February), but a rigid policy has yet to be devised. Chris Jones, Hammonds’ managing partner, says: “We will be looking at all the […]

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