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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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The Trainee Solicitors’ Group (TSG) is accusing the Law Society of reneging on a promise not to profit from students and instead using their surpluses to help bail out the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS). The TSG claims the Society receives nearly £1.5m a year from students on the Legal Practice Course. Each […]

Lee Crowder poaches partner

BIRMINGHAM construction law firm Neil F Jones will lose senior partner Jeffrey Brown to rival firm Lee Crowder. He joins Lee Crowder as a construction law partner. Brown, senior partner for five years before stepping down in January to be replaced by Simon Baylis, is due to join Lee Crowder next month. He wants to […]

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The battle for Allied Domecq (see War Story pages 22-23) turned on an unfortunate comment by Whitbread’s chief executive, the fallout from which was that Whitbread lost the battle. In some sectors Whitbread’s adviser Clifford Chance became the scapegoat. Such criticisms are obviously unfair but they highlight a problem for firms. A law firm’s role […]

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