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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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Manners maketh the man (and barrister) It is rare for a judge to step outside the bounds of a case’s facts when delivering judgment. Occasionally, they will make a comment thanking counsel for being particularly clear on a point, but generally judges do not get to wax lyrical on the handling of a case. So […]

Phillips Fox to join DLA Piper’s global network

DLA Piper’s global network” />Longtime collaborators DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and Australia’s Phillips Fox are set to formalise their relationship, with the Australian firm becoming a full member of DLA Group. DLA Piper is in advanced talks with the Australian firm to form an alliance, as first revealed on www. thelawyer.com (4 May). The […]

Exchange sees income rise despite tough year

North West set Exchange Chambers has overcome a tough year to post a slight turnover rise of just more than 1 per cent to £14.3m. The set’s income rose from 2005’s £14.1m as it battled increased pressure on the criminal bar and publicly funded work. Exchange’s members practise criminal and common law. During the course […]

CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE

Central and Eastern Europe can still be classified as an emerging market, but it is catching up to Western Europe at a frighteningly quick pace. Many US and UK firms have a solid anchor in the region and are growing. Oil and gas consistently generate the majority of the legal work in the Russian market. […]

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