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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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Cross border relations on child cases to warm up

Lawyers dealing with child abduction have welcomed the latest suggestions from the Lord Chancellor’s Department on how to improve international relations in child abduction cases. The LCD has asked all interested parties in Britain to help choose a list of topics for discussion at the Hague Conference meeting on the Civil Aspects of International Child […]

What is the matter with the CCBE?

As the proposed directive on Rights of Establishment trundles through various European channels, it transpires that the CCBE has only now sent a letter of support to the Council of Ministers. The letter, written by President Ramon Mullerat, said that the directive was “closely akin” to the position of the majority of the CCBE’s delegations. […]

Two City firms 'road test' practice management plan

Alison Laferla reports A new practice management system is to be launched this month by Resolution Systems. Firmware, which is being beta tested by two undisclosed City firms, offers accounting, billing, time recording and management reporting modules. A case management module will also be available by the end of the year. The company says the […]

Bar Council calls for speedy adoption of stalking proposal

THE DISCREPANCY bet ween the routes barristers and solicitors have to take to win rights of audience amounts to discrimination, say two senior City solicitor advocates. Mark Humphries, of Link laters & Paines, and Richard Slowe, of S J Berwin & Co, are to present a proposal to the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates […]

In brief: Flak for SFO after Maxwell trial dismissed

The SFO is under attack again following the decision of Mr Justice Buckley in the High Court last week to dismiss the second trial of Kevin Maxwell and three other defendants. In the judgment, the judge criticised the prosecuting authorities. Maxwell’s solicitor, Peters & Peters partner Keith Oliver, said the judge had considered the issue […]

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