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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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In brief: Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood is boosting its shipping practice with a trio of appointments. Wilde Sapte partner Duncan McDonald is joining Stephenson Harwood on 1 July with assistant solicitor Alexandra Nikolakoglou. Assistant solicitor Anthony Concagh is joining the department from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. Mark Russell, Stephenson Harwood head of shipping, says the shipping department’s turnover has […]

In brief: The Legal Aid Board's

The Legal Aid Board’s annual report shows gross payments rose during 1998/9 to £1.73bn from £1.67bn in the previous 12 months. Chief executive Steve Orchard says the figure will continue to rise because of “all the work in the system”. Invitations to bid for contracts go out this week and have to be returned by […]

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Addleshaw Booth & Co is continuing its raid on Garretts, the associate law firm of Arthur Andersen, by taking two partners, including the head of property in its Leeds office Dean Copley. It is understood that both Copley and property partner Paula Dillon are resigning today (Monday). Dillon will join Addleshaws in October after returning […]

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