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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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Partner quits Hammonds on good terms after 21 years to boost small firm

A former partner at Hammond Suddards has chosen to move to a much smaller Leeds firm, Nelson & Co. Ian Shuttleworth, a partner at Hammond Suddards for 18 years, approached nine-partner Nelson & Co himself and joined as a partner last week. A specialist in commercial property and construction law, he plans to build up […]

HR&K puts its faith in niche team

City firm Harris Rosenblatt & Kramer has absorbed the banking and finance department of Bromley firm Hill Bailey. Under an unusual arrangement, the department will still operate in Hill Bailey’s offices as a satellite of the City firm. HR&K will gain a new portfolio of clients, mostly mortgage companies, and seven fee earners. None of […]

High Court swings to rock 'n' roll actions

Even if they have little interest in the music, it seems High Court judges can keep up-to-date with pop’s trends by the litigation coming before them. After a recent hearing before Mr Justice Rattee, counsel Gregory Banner revealed the all-out royalties battle between members of chart-topping group Oasis and their ex-drummer Anthony McCarroll is still […]

Berwins spends on full IT revamp

Alison Laferla reports City firm Berwin Leighton is completely revamping its IT system in an attempt to “leapfrog the competition”. The firm has opted to run on an Intel platform and Microsoft NT, the successor to the MS DOS operating system. The contract for upgrading the IT system, worth over half a million pounds, has […]

Charles Marquand sees problems for insider dealing charges.

Charles Marquand is a barrister at 3 New Square. Recent reports (The Lawyer 25 June 1996) suggested that the losers in the recent copper market turmoil were considering whether to start litigation under section 62 Financial Services Act 1986 for losses arising from insider dealing. They may be disappointed. Section 62 (1) of the Act […]

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