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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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Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) and 4 New Square have taken headline roles in relation to allegations of racehorse doping by Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni. FFW senior partner and public and regulatory specialist Matthew Lohn is chairing the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) disciplinary panel in London this afternoon (25 April). Others on the independent three-person […]

Commercial leases: the pitfalls of forfeiture

Forfeiture is a common and cost-effective method of terminating commercial leases, but is not always the best course of action. Criminal liability, claims for relief from forfeiture and financial loss are possibilities if a lease is forfeited incorrectly or is poorly timed. Here, Shoosmiths shines a cautionary light on the major pitfalls of forfeiture. Forfeiting […]

Banking on the magic circle

And it is to the magic circle that two major financial institutions have turned this week to appoint new executives. First came the news that Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s former senior partner, Konstantin Mettenheimer, is moving to asset manager Edmond de Rothschild Group later this year as its Germany chairman. Mettenheimer was a key figure in […]

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