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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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European Commission revises rules for state-aid support for films

The European Commission’s new Cinema Communication 2013 broadens the scope of activities in connection with the creation of films and other audio-visual works that may attract state aid in the member states. The old rules, which were published in 2001, only permitted state aid for production-related activities, which the European Commission reflected could risk ‘stimulating […]

Simplifying EU merger control: will it really reduce burden on business?

In March 2013 the European Commission consulted on proposals to simplify procedures under the EU merger regulation. The proposals received heavy criticism from respondents to the consultation, who disputed whether the measures would actually result in reduced burden for business. Despite this, the European Commission ploughed ahead with its reforms, and has now, albeit with […]

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The return of the Manchester scene

As the city enjoys a boom, its foremost legal firms are poaching each other’s staff Confirmation that Irwin Mitchell’s commercial litigation chief John Lord will be joined by five partners and 24 staff in his move to TLT highlights the continuing fluidity of the Manchester market. Lord joined Irwin Mitchell to head up the Manchester […]

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1,000 crime solicitors to descend on Law Society in bid to oust leadership

Beleaguered Law Society officials are braced for up to 1,000 angry criminal legal aid solicitors to swamp a special meeting in less than a fortnight’s time as the row over Chancery Lane’s leadership peaks. Proponents of a motion of no confidence in the society’s president and chief executive have organised coach convoys from at least […]

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