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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: Lord Hunt praises profession on capital

In his maiden speech to the House of Lords last week Lord Hunt of Wirral, senior partner at Beachcroft Stanleys, praised the legal profession for establishing London as the legal capital of the world. He also stressed the importance of the legal profession in its contribution to training and also to invisible exports.

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Anne Marie Colton claims she suffered injury as a result of the implantation of a contraceptive device in February 1995. Her writ is against Roussel Laboratories of Uxbridge. Her case will form part of major litigation, supervised in the High Court by Mr Justice May. Writ issued by Freeth Cartwright Hunt Dickins, Nottingham. The executors […]

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HIV legal advice centre closes after its funding is slashed

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In brief: Bankruptcy charge legality challenge granted

Leave was granted last week to Cleo Lightfoot, advised by Public Law Project solicitor Karen Ashton, to judicially review the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, to challenge the legality of the requirement she pay £250 to court staff before being allowed to petition for her own bankruptcy.

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