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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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The Midlands’ legal market is hotting up. As Birmingham attracts ever-increasing outside investment, such as MGM Mirage’s regional casino development with the National Exhibition Centre, law firms are competing both for mandates and talent. Some Birmingham firms have responded well to the pressure. Wragge & Co’s profit per equity partner jumped by 28.7 per cent […]

German offices suffer in lawyer merry-go-round

Looking at the past few months, you may be forgiven for thinking that the trend in Germany at the moment is for mass walkouts. In Berlin Lovells lost its five-person banking team, when all of the lawyers involved decided to set up camp alone. Over in Frankfurt, meanwhile, Heussen had its office raided for eight […]

A&O firms up Och-Ziff ties on Whitehead Mann bid

Allen & Overy (A&O) has strengthened its relationship with Och-Ziff Capital Management, scooping a role to advise the secretive US hedge fund on a bid for headhunter Whitehead Mann. Och-Ziff has emerged as the financial backer behind Piers Marmion, the recruitment specialist that has made a £24.5m offer for Whitehead Mann. Och-Ziff’s relationship with A&O […]

Tim Ashby: Yum! Brands

Yum! Brands’ regional counsel Tim Ashby has the Far East in his sights. He talks China and chicken with Jon Parker Tim Ashby is a surprisingly athletic-looking chap, given his access to more than 2,000 places to pick up some pizza or fried chicken. And as regional counsel of the international arm of Yum! Brands, […]

Diageo relocates in-house legal chief to boost US IP capability

Diageo is set to expand its in-house IP team in the US after IP chief Bruce Proctor shifted offices from London to the company’s Connecticut base. Proctor said both personal and work factors motivated the move and that he would still spend time in the London office. “I spent four years in London, spending a […]

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