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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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The Lawyer Inquiry: Gary Philpott

Gary Philpott has recently become a partner in the Property Services Department of Bristol-based firm Veale Wasbrough. He is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Arbitrators and an Associate of the Institute of Indirect Taxation. What was your first job? Electrical Goods Salesman (Saturdays only) What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? […]

Software puts papers on Internet

ILFORD-based IMYJS, the document imaging specialist, has announced a facility enabling its R/KYV system to publish documents on the Internet. The ‘publisher and viewer’ software allows the pages to be read internally or externally without having to gain access to the main imaging system, says Bill Cannings, managing director of IMYJS. Firms can use the […]

Law Shop exceeds its own targets

THE ACTON Law Shop, the first self-funding law centre partially supported by firms ranging from Clifford Chance to Bindman & Co, celebrates a successful first year this week. Begun in May 1994, the Law Shop is a charity hybrid of a legal aid firm and a law centre. It employs lawyers and advice workers to […]

Firm treads new path in first switch to IMRO

Investment management company THESIS has become the first law firm-based investment adviser to win authorisation from regulatory body IMRO. Anthony Wands, managing director of THESIS, part of Thomas Eggar Verral Bowles, says the decision to switch from Fimbra to IMRO regulation was based on a feeling that the firm had outgrown the regulatory regimes of […]

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