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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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Addleshaws banking bid forces shake-up at top

Addleshaw Booth & Co is shaking up its senior management in a drive to strengthen its banking and finance practice. As part of an internal re-jig, John Priestley is standing down as head of banking and finance to allow him to join the firm’s board. The new banking and finance head will be corporate banking […]

Securicor

On Tuesday Securicor will move from its position in the FTSE 100 into the FTSE 250, when its market capitalisation drops from £3.6bn to £600m. The reason for this startling reduction in company value is due to Securicor’s attempt to concentrate on its raison d’etre of security-related services. It aims to do this by selling […]

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The Community Legal Service. That’s Life presenter and champion of the aggrieved public, Esther Rantzen, is to help promote the Community Legal Service. Expect troupes of singing dogs in wigs, gavel-shaped vegetables and endless vox pops in the law centres. “Love law”. Expert in thoroughness, Eversheds, leaves no stone unturned in its quest to please […]

Pinsents votes on national shake-up

Pinsent Curtis partners are to vote this week on a new national management structure. The 134-partner firm, which has offices in London, Birmingham and Leeds, is looking to unify under a national system, instead of having three independently-run regional offices. It also wants to develop its reputation as a City firm. Birmingham’s head of litigation […]

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