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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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Merger mania reaches chambers

Medium-size chambers are teaming up to survive in an increasingly competitive market. Matheu Swallow reports. Intense market pressure is driving chambers inexorably toward merger and rapid consolidation simply to survive. Following revelations that Christopher Purchas QC’s 2 Crown Office Row and Michael Spencer QC’s 1 Paper Buildings are to merge (The Lawyer, 22 November), there […]

Baker & McKenzie tops finance table

Baker & McKenzie has overtaken Clifford Chance on a table of privately-financed infrastructure deals that were completed over the last 12 months. It handled projects worth u116bn in comparison to Clifford Chance’s u100bn, according to a survey by the publishers of Privatisation International. In 1997/98, Baker & McKenzie dealt with u110bn worth of these transactions, […]

Online documents are way forward

Your story on Companies House (The Lawyer, 30 August) omits key facts about the service. Since ICC has taken ownership of the Companies House duplicate library, we have been able to implement the fastest ever turnaround times for document search orders. Fears expressed about the accuracy of online document services are also unfounded. The processes […]

FFW gives birth to Incubator service

Field Fisher Waterhouse is launching what it claims is the world’s first one-stop shop for anyone setting up e-commerce businesses. The service, called Incubator, will be run through a website directly linked to the firm’s 12-strong IT and online law group. The service is starting after an aggressive recruitment campaign for the firm’s IT and […]

German engagements

For many months now Clifford Chance has hogged the merger-mania headlines. So it must have been with great satisfaction that the partners at Freshfields approved its merger with German firm Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund – just 24 hours or so before Clifford Chance goes down the same road with Punder Volhard Weber & Axster. […]

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