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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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An 80-year-old woman from Bideford, Devon, is heading for a High Court confrontation with Devon and Cornwall police as a result of the effects she claims she suffered after television crews were allowed to film her home being searched for stolen goods. Frances Jarvis is to sue the police, the BBC and Touch Productions for […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 22/04/97

A soldier, who was badly hurt three years ago in a tank accident, is suing the army. Jason West, of Bridgwater, Somerset, has issued a High Court writ claiming damages from the Ministry of Defence. His writ says he was injured at an army training ground in Saltare, Germany, in July 1993, and claims his […]

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Gordons Wright & Wright advised Wm Morrison Supermarkets on the first ever lease within a store to Midland Bank. The Bank will operate from inside Morrisons store at Enterprise 5, Idle, Bradford. Midland was represented by Nabarro Nathanson.

E5uropean directive close to fruition

A “COMMON position” on the establishment rights of lawyers will probably be reached by the European Council of Ministers Working Group on the Lawyers’ Establishment Directive by the end of May, according to the international director of the Law Society, Jonathan Goldsmith. The directive, which was overwhelmingly approved by the European Parliament in June last […]

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