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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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A recent series of mergers in the Australian legal market is a sign of ambition rather than a return of the volatility of the last recession, reports Patrick Stewart.P atrick Stewart is a freelance journalist. Last month, Freehill Hollingdale & Page, a top Australian commercial practice consummated its marriage to Perth firm Parker & Parker, […]

Army faces £50,000 claim

A High Court action is in the pipeline in which the Army is being sued for more than £50,000 by a Gibraltar man, Stephen Roberts, who claims that he was kicked in the head by a soldier. Roberts has launched a claim in London against the Ministry of Defence claiming that he was seriously injured […]

Set your sites on the Web

Graham Smith and Jane Gunter suggest that firms have a clear aim before launching into cyberspace. Web sites for law firms are now becoming the norm rather than the exception. In a recent edition of The Lawyer, it was predicted that every law firm would have its own site within 12 months. Whether or not […]

Liverpool conference

Liverpool Law Society played host to the Federation of European Bars at the Merseyside Maritime Museum last weekend. Society president Tim Marshall told 75 judges and lawyers from around Europe: “This conference emphasises the strength of the profession in Liverpool and its ability to provide support for the needs of North West businesses trading in […]

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