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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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Denise Fergus, mother of murdered toddler James Bulger, set a legal precedent when she appeared before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to challenge a ruling that Bulger’s killers were denied a fair trial. John Dickinson and Dominic Lloyd, the lawyers for Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, complained in 1994 that the trail […]

New recruit to rethink Bank of Ireland's UK legal panel

Bank of Ireland has expanded its UK legal department and plans to review its panel of outside law firms. The bank has recruited Matthew Lorimer to its UK legal team from Slough solicitors Harris & Cartwright where he was a commercial assistant. Previously the bank’s UK legal team had only one full-time lawyer, barrister Margaret […]

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Ashursts to strengthen Italian links

Ashurst Morris Crisp is attempting to set up a profit-sharing scheme with its Italian alliance partner to strengthen links between the two firms. Ian Nisse, managing partner at Ashurst Morris Crisp, has been in discussions with Negri-Clementi Montironi & Soci. “We want to participate in each others’ profits,” Nisse says. “Subject to regulations, we think […]

Freshfields prompts Euro court change

A case brought by Freshfields challenging a European Commission ruling is prompting procedural changes to how the European courts handle commercial cases. The firm’s client, RJB Mining, challenged the way the Commission awards mining subsidies. Since the case was heard in the Court of the First Instance of the European Communities in Luxembourg, a white […]

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