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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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In the case Camelot Group v William Hill London and ors (18 August 1997), the Deputy Chief Magistrate at Bow Street decided that the predominant features of the 49’s game of chance promoted by bookmakers were those of betting and not of a lottery. However, his attempt to distinguish between the overlapping categories of betting, […]

Andrew Clay on making taking trade secrets a criminal offence. Andrew Clay is a partner at Hammond Suddards in Leeds.

The Law Commission’s recently published proposals to make the taking of trade secrets a criminal offence deserves a warm welcome. At present, taking trade secrets is not a criminal offence because mere information, however sensitive, can not constitute property for the purposes of s.1(1) of the Theft Act 1968. This frequently leads to the ludicrous […]

Policing cyberspace

Can the rules and regulations of the ‘real’ world be applied to activity on the Internet? Dr Satvinder Juss confronts the challenges of pornography on the Web. Nineteenth century American essayist Oliver Wendell Holmes once said: “The best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Ann Marsh

Ann Marsh was born in Sussex on 22 January 1965. She is a solicitor at Manches & Co. What was your first job? Making potentiometers in an electronic components factory. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £12,500pa. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Become Director of Education […]

In brief: Diana memorial fund lawyer joins Garretts

Mishcon de Reya assistant Bernadette O’Reilly, who helped draw up the deed to establish the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, is leaving to join Garretts where she will work under private client partner Judith Powell. Mishcons said it still had partner Chris Allen and four assistants to do the fund work. Trust partner Martyn […]

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