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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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UBS legal chief Aufhauser quits amid fraud furore

UBS general counsel David Aufhauser has resigned amid the growing auction rate securities (ARS) fraud that is centred on the investment bank. Aufhauser’s resignation, which came yesterday (Monday 4 August), follows allegations that he is one of the seven unnamed executives thought to have sold more than $21m of their holdings in ARS based on […]

SA’s Bowman links with Kenya’s Coulson Harney

Johannesburg firm Bowman Gilfillan has set up an association with nascent Kenyan firm Coulson Harney, with the tie-up due to take effect at the beginning of September. Bowman Gilfillan chairman Jonathan Schlosberg said the association reflects the firm’s ambitions for pan-African coverage, adding that it cannot set up an office in Kenya due to regulatory […]

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As law firms make more and more money, so the lines of snake-oil salesmen gets longer at their doors. At least, so thought Tulkinghorn when a scribe showed him the following press release headline: “M Consulting appoints oral communications consultant.”The marketing agency has brought in a former barrister to give training to lawyers on how […]

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