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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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CLSA urges appeals avalanche to reverse LAB phone 'policy'

THE Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association (CLSA) is protesting against an alleged Legal Aid Board drive to reclassify duty solicitor phone calls to police stations at a lower rate, by urging its members to overwhelm the board with appeals. Last week The Lawyer revealed accusations by Eastbourne solicitor Rodney Warren that the Brighton LAB was introducing […]

New head for Dorset

Dorset County Council has appointed Olwen Pritchard-Jones to head its 21-strong legal department. A former solicitor at Tyne and Wear, Monmouth and Dyfed County Councils, Pritchard-Jones will become head of legal services following the sudden death of Michael Davies in February. Olwen-Jones last job was with the Pembrokeshire National Park Authority but she says she […]

Lippell digs the great outdoors during gardening leave

Leeds corporate star Sean Lippell started work at Garretts last week after only seven months of a contractual 12-months’ ‘gardening leave’ – part of which he spent mountain walking in Africa and the Himalayas. The high-profile Pinsent Curtis defector – Lippell was national head of corporate – was suspended from Pinsents on 14 October after […]

Online listings service for crown courts is launched

HAMILTON Rogers has added to its Royal Courts of Justice listings service by launching a new service, called Courtline, for all Crown courts. The company has worked with the Court Service to use a Government-approved encryption system, because Government policy prohibits the use of the Internet to transmit confidential documents unless encrypted or encoded. Under […]

Siobhan Redhead on a new procedure for ancillary relief.

Siobhan Redhead is a partner at Miles Preston & Co. Since 1 October 1996 in certain courts, of which the Principal Registry is one, all applications for ancillary relief (financial provision in matrimonial proceedings) have had to be made under a new procedure dramatically different from that which has been applied, with few modifications, for […]

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