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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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Freshfields names social mobility ‘sponsor’ as part of diversity push

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed real estate lawyer Annette Byron as its partner in charge of social mobility. Byron will support the firm’s social mobility programmes as the ‘sponsor’ responsible for the area. She will continue in her role as the sponsor for ethnicity initiatives, with the magic circle firm operating a six-pronged system in […]

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Last week The Lawyer published a front-page photo of a female lawyer with the eye-catching headline that ’65 per cent of you want to be her’.  That was one of several intriguing  statistics arising from research compiled by The Lawyer into the attitudes of private practice lawyers to their in-house cousins, and specifically whether private […]

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Between 15 and 29 March this year, The Lawyer got around 600 associates to give their opinions on US firms. The result? After almost 25 years of reporting on the legal market, you guys still have the capacity to shock us (see story). The biggest shocks came when we asked which US law firm UK […]

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