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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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Rumour mill turns up Garretts and Simmons talks

SPECULATION is rife that merger talks may be taking place between Garretts and Simmons & Simmons despite denials from senior management at both firms. If a merger goes ahead, it would give Garretts’ parent, accountancy firm Arthur Andersen, a massive boost in the race among the Big Six to enter top-tier legal services. But Bill […]

Crockers scoops half Oswalds' partners

Leading libel firm Crockers has taken on seven partners from the property and media departments of Oswald Hickson Collier, to create one of the City’s largest libel practices. The newly-merged firm is to be called Crockers Oswald Hickson. The future of Oswalds’ remaining seven partners and several assistants, mostly from the firm’s insurance department, is […]

Condoms and cockroaches at Cortijo Blanco

An action that could embarrass three of the country’s major package holiday companies is now on its way to the High Court. Sunworld, First Choice Holidays and Flights, and Cosmosair, are being sued by more than 20 holiday makers from all over the UK as a result of dissatisfaction with a three-star Spanish Hotel. The […]

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