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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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Report raps lawyers in Lambeth

LAMBETH Council’s legal department has been criticised for its failure to prevent the misuse of decision-making procedures in the official report on fraud in the borough. Elizabeth Appleby QC’s inquiry found the department failed to prevent the use of “urgency procedures” when they were inappropriate. The report says the procedure – intended for emergency decisions […]

Inland Revenue appeal

Inland Revenue appeal – The House of Lords is considering whether to allow an appeal by the Commissioners of the Inland Revenue which will entail a probe into the provisions of Chapter III (Transfer of Assets Abroad) of part XVII (Tax Avoidance) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988. The question raised is whether […]

PI lawyers ready to strike fees deals

PERSONAL injury solicitors gearing up for conditional fees are confident they can strike up workable deals with barristers despite the continuing gulf between the Law Society and the Bar Council on terms of engagement. The Law Society, which published its advice to solicitors last week, advises that the Bar’s model terms of engagement are “in […]

Parliament may be key to Guardian deadlock

MOVING The Guardian’s cash-for-questions libel action to Parliament could be a “very intelligent” solution to current problems involved in staging the trial in the High Court, a leading libel lawyer says. The libel case revolves around an action against the newspaper by Tory MP Neil Hamilton and political lobbyist Ian Greer. Anthony Julius, head of […]

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