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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 brief: Negligence expert joins Llewelyn Zietman

London firm Llewelyn Zietman has appointed its fifth partner, professional negligence expert Duncan Mcnair, who joins from Stewarts. Mcnair who was formerly with Lovell White Durrant and also has experience in the banking sector, will be a litigation partner at Llewelyn Zietman.

Barbara Hewson slams judges' ordering of caesarean births

Some recent forced caesarean cases in the Family Division show that family judges are keen to extend the categories in which non-consensual surgery can be authorised, under intense pressure from doctors and their lawyers. The latest cases to be reported are Rochdale Healthcare (NHS) Trust v C and Norfolk and Norwich (NHS) Trust v W, […]

Change for clients' sake

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, Fax 0171-734 0534 I am obliged to Mr Anthony Bogan for his letter published 27 August on two counts. Firstly, for having taken the trouble to read the articles and responding to them and, secondly, for acknowledging conveyancing is indeed a sinking ship. […]

Greystoke ups its insurance cover

An after-the-event litigation costs scheme has been extended to allow companies and individuals throughout the UK to get £50,000 in insurance cover to take their cases to court. Under the LawAssist scheme, devised by Greystoke Legal Services, clients who receive little or no legal aid will be able to pay a £357 premium for each […]

Firms face wage claim rise as Govt clamps down on profit-related pay

Law firms will have to give 9 per cent rises to their salaried staff merely to keep them on the same wage when tax relief on profit-related pay is phased out in two years’ time. Many City law firms have been running profit-related pay schemes as a tax break for their staff, rather than as […]

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