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Waste consultations – Implications for food & drink and other manufacturing businesses

By Richard Naish, Ben Sheppard The future of businesses in food and drink manufacturing and its supply chain will be affected by consultations launched by Government on 18 February. The consultations, which are aimed primarily at packaging waste, close on 13 May 2019. The consultation on reforming the UK packaging producer responsibility systemconsiders a range of options to […]

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By Jo Ratcliffe, Ruth Bamforth, Craig Looker The Government made clear, in its March 2018 Pensions White Paper, it is committed to ensuring  the Pensions Regulator (Regulator) has the right powers to be able to protect effectively defined benefit pension schemes. On 11 February 2019 the Government published its response to its June 2018 consultation on strengthening the […]

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SFO must share delay blame

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In brief: Beachcrofts and Wansbroughs vote on merger

Partners at Beachcroft Stanleys and Wansbrough Willey Hargrave were understood last week to be voting on the final details of the proposed merger between the two firms. Lord Hunt of Wirral, Beachcrofts’ senior partner, would not confirm that the vote was taking place but said: “We are closer to a final decision. The discussions have […]

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