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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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International firms are having to adapt in order to ride out the financial crisis in South-East Asia, reports Richard Tyler Faced with a grinding halt in project finance work, foreign lawyers in Singapore are staying put but are having to learn new ways to earn fees from clients. The word everyone uses is “retooling”. The […]

Weil Gotshal poaches CC £3m corporate biller

LEADING corporate finance lawyer Mike Francies, one of Clifford Chance’s highest billers, is quitting the firm to head US firm Weil Gotshal & Manges’ corporate practice in London. Francies, who is thought to have billed about £3m last year, has been given a mandate by his new firm to build a corporate finance and M&A […]

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London firms are supporting efforts to strengthen ties with Israel. Paisner & Co is sponsoring British week in Tel Aviv from 10-14 May, while Nabarro Nathanson is supporting government efforts to promote business ties with Israel.

In brief: Benson to chair Bar Counsel's CLAF study

Sir Christopher Benson, chairman of Albright and Wilson and deputy chairman of Thorn Lighting Group, will chair the Bar Council’s working party looking at the feasibility of a contingency legal aid fund (CLAF).

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