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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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Norton Rose has hired Baker Botts partner Joseph Tirado to head its international arbitration practice to plug the hole left when the firm’s former global head of dispute resolution Peter Rees jumped ship. Tirado’s specialises in energy and infrastructure meaning that, in terms of practice, he comes in as a direct replacement for Rees, who […]

Lewis Silkin prelim results point to record PEP and turnover

Lewis Silkin has announced its best-ever figures for average profit per equity partner (PEP) and turnover in its preliminary results. For the financial year ending April 2006, the LLP announced a healthy 16 per cent increase in PEP to £263,000 compared with last year’s figure of £226,000. Last year The Lawyer reported (5 June) that […]

Browne Jacobson turnover ‘disappointing’

Midlands firm Browne Jacobson saw a minimal increase in turnover during 2006-07 with its year-end figure rising just 3 per cent from £30.1m to £32m. Managing partner Brian Smith said that the low rise reflected the adoption of the UITF40 accounting system, and a like-for-like comparison would show that turnover was up 8 per cent. […]

Clerks back CPD but shun pupil pay

The recent Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC) conference placed education at the top of the agenda as clerks look to increase professionalism. The conference, held at the Royal College of Surgeons, voted in favour of clerks having to undertake continuing professional development (CPD). More than three-quarters of the 200-strong delegation of clerks felt that CPD […]

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