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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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… as it loses leading retail partner to Irwin Mitchell

Leading property lawyer Frewin Jenkins has left Manches & Co to join Irwin Mitchell’s commercial property team as a partner. Jenkins, who specialises in retail and service charges, will be joining an expanding team that works with high-street clients, such as Thorntons, Minit UK and Etam. Her arrival at the London office comes just days […]

High resolution

The defining features of the truly successful arbitration are discretion, speed and economy. In theory that is, but in practice it is not always so straightforward. Such qualities seemed in short supply in last week’s acrimonious divorce of accountancy giant Arthur Andersen and its professional service group Andersen Consulting. Break-ups are never easy and this […]

Cloisters invests in employment team

De-merged civil set Cloisters will welcome two civil practitioners and a new practice director in September. Senior junior Simon Dyer from Plowden Buildings and Declan O’Dempsey from the recently merged set Coram Buildings are both joining Cloisters. Dempsey, whose current set is headed by former Cloisters tenant Roger McCarthy QC, is a specialist in employment, […]

Matrix swoops to pick up trio

Matrix Chambers has boosted its capability in constitutional, discrimination and environmental law by taking on three tenants. The three members are Karon Monaghan, who joins from Cloisters, Kate Cook from the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) and Janet Kentridge, a South African barrister who joins after completing her pupillage at One […]

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