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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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Eversheds restructures litigation set-up

Eversheds has overhauled its litigation practice, creating the new post of head of international dispute management, which will be taken up by current litigation chief John Heaps. The role, which Heaps will take up on 1 January, is the result of London and international work increasingly becoming more important in the firm’s strategic plans. Heaps, […]

A&O hires public prosecutor as New York partner

Allen & Overy (A&O) has ramped up its New York presence by hiring a Manhattan public prosecutor as a litigation partner. David Esseks will join the magic circle firm as a partner from the Southern District of New York’s US Attorney’s Office, where he headed up the securities fraud unit. As an assistant US attorney, […]

DLA Piper Danish ally’s growth plan forces split

DLA Piper‘s Danish arm has split from the firm to avoid future conflicts after putting in place an ambitious growth strategy. A spokesperson for DLA Piper said: “We’re no longer going to be working with them on an exclusive basis. They plan to expand massively, which could lead to conflicts in sectors which are quite […]

St Phillips chief exec stands down

Birmingham-based set St Phillips is to lose its chief executive Jonathan Fox at the end of this year for personal reasons. The set has not as yet found Fox’s replacement, but it has more than 50 candidates for the post already, with the application deadline closing at the end of this month. One senior barrister […]

Dickson Minto and Halliwells advise on Saints takeover

Dickson Minto and Halliwells have scored lead roles on hedge fund Sisu Capital’s approach to Southampton Football Club. Dickson Minto partner Colin MacNeill is advising the football club, which is owned by Southampton Leisure, which is normally advised by Jones Day. Halliwells partner Frank Shephard is acting for Sisu, which has made an offer in […]

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