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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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Ward Hadaway team with Deloitte to launch China offering

Newcastle-based law firm Ward Hadaway, Deloitte and management consultants RTC North have joined forces to launch a service enabling UK companies to break into the Chinese market. The trio will provide a service which will guide companies on the legal, financial and organisational aspects of penetrating the Chinese market. Ward Hadaway commercial partner Damien Charlton […]

Ironbridge capital turns to sj berwin

SJ Berwin has been making a foray into the Australian finance market. SJ Berwin has been making a foray into the Australian finance market. The firm advised Australian buyout specialist fund Ironbridge Capital, leading on the closing of the Ironbridge Fund II, which raised more than $1bn (£527,200). The fund was oversubscribed and looks set […]

Linklaters, Slaughters and Freshfields top of their class as corporate deals soar

Linklaters, Slaughters and Freshfields top of their class as corporate deals soar” />With Slaughter and May leading the way, the corporate-heavy firms have astonished everyone during the first six months of the year. Linklaters partners can fly off to their partnership conference in Monte Carlo next weekend happy with £100m more in the bank than […]

Akin and Sidley snare £14bn Clear Channel deal

Akin Gump and Sidley Austin secured the key roles among another five firms that have scored instructions on the $26.7bn (£14.03bn) buyout of Clear Channel, America’s largest radio station owner. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Sidley Austin, Ropes & Gray, Dow Lohnes, and Wall Street stalwarts Cahill Gordon & Reindel, Sullivan & Cromwell and […]

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