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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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Departure of IP partners shrinks Conn & Co to four

Manchester law firm Philip Conn & Co has lost one of its top intellectual property partners to Alsop Wilkinson, the second IP partner to leave the firm recently. Graeme Orchison and Lee Brierley left after helping to establish the firm’s reputation as one of the leading IP practices outside London over the past few years. […]

Staff take action over lay-offs at London magistrates court

The first industrial action at a magistrates court since 1987 is being taken by support staff in north London. Employees at Haringey Magistrates Court are refusing to work overtime after four of their colleagues were made redundant. Ushers, administrative staff and clerks are also taking a full hour for lunch as part of their campaign […]

Flotations

Halliwell Landau acted for DIY retailer the Limelight Group on its £175m Stock Exchange flotation. Halliwells claims it is the largest deal this year for law firms in the North West.

Appeal judges to work unpaid

Court of Appeal judges are to work unpaid at least two extra hours a week for the next six months in an attempt to clear a backlog of 1,000 applications for leave to appeal. Lord Woolf, the Master of the Rolls, is keen to reduce the backlog by next summer when the results of a […]

White & Case builds on Thai base

The Bangkok office of US firm White & Case has poached a Thai partner from rival Baker & McKenzie. Weerawong Chittmittrapap, a Thai and US-qualified lawyer, is said to be in line to head the office. The White & Case office lost its two-year association with local Thai firm the Pacific Legal Group at the […]

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