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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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Right to silence may return

THE RIGHT to silence may be reinstated if key cases set to be heard in the European Court of Human Rights later this year are successful. But practitioners are divided over the likely result of the cases. Many believe the hearings of former Guinness chair Ernest Saunders and Northern Ireland kidnapper John Murray could see […]

Disclosure plans provoke anger

SENIOR criminal lawyers are attacking the Home Secretary’s plans to force disclosure on to the defence and limit prosecution disclosure as an “erosion of a fundamental principal of English law”. The plans treat the criminal justice system as a “political football” and are merely a response to police pressure, they say. Richard Ferguson QC, chair […]

Tinlaw eases Lincoln's Inn library strife

THE HONOURABLE Society of Lincoln’s Inn Library has provided the information on a new library management and document retrieval system designed for law libraries. The Tinlaw system is based on the library and information management system Tinlib and allows for rapid searching of Acts of Parliament and statutory instruments including tracking dates, amendments and implementation […]

Barrister takes on rugby Super League

A LONDON barrister has been appointed to spearhead a legal challenge to the proposed u80 million rugby Super League. Jonathan Crystal, a specialist in sport and defamation, is acting for West Yorkshire rugby league side Keighley in its bid to oppose the plan. The new elite league will feature 14 of the sport’s top clubs. […]

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Pearl Assurance, advised by Brecher & Co, has acquired a 50 per cent stake in Moor House on London Wall for u10m, from Greycoat, advised by Herbert Smith.

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