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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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Edwards Wildman teams up with M&A boutique Ismen for Turkey launch

US-firm Edwards Wildman is to open an office in Istanbul through an association with Turkish M&A firm Ismen, months after the two firms worked together on a £36m deal. Los Angeles-based Ted Cominos is leading the development of the launch and will work closely with Ismentowards an office launch expected on 1 September, a date […]

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Budget tracking has become a core part of many in-housers’ roles, and delegates at our recent Portugal summit considered the hi-tech approach With price pressures hitting in-house counsel as much as private practitioners, many are looking for ways to control their budgets. The topic was one of several debated at The Lawyer’s recent General Counsel […]

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The pilot scheme for RQFII was first introduced in China in December 2011, with the aim of enabling China’s financial industry to channel overseas RMB funds into the domestic market through various RMB denominated products launched in Hong Kong (such as bond-type funds and ETFs) in furtherance of the promotion of RMB internationalisation. In March […]

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