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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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Garretts loses top partner to Dibbs

Garretts’ Manchester office has suffered a blow with the departure of its head of corporate development to Dibb Lupton Alsop. Stephen Devlin, who set up the practice four years ago, is one of the City’s top lawyers. He stepped down from the managing partner position last year. “It is always disappointing to lose good people […]

US giant Latham & Watkins plots merger with City firm

The fourth largest US law firm, Latham & Watkins, is looking to merge with a London firm – and Linklaters is being mooted as a possible partner. City firm Linklaters has met with partners from the Los Angeles-based US giant, which visited London on a factfinding mission. Latham & Watkins has 1,000 lawyers and a […]

Wragges signs up with council

WRAGGE & Co has signed a partnership contract with Buckinghamshire County Council which will see the two teams working together. The three-year agreement gives the Buckinghamshire in-house team access to the resources of the law firm to work together on training, technology and system development. It is the first deal of its kind to be […]

Tony Williams steps down…

Clifford Chance managing partner Tony Williams is stepping down from his high-profile role following the firm’s decision to merge with Rogers & Wells. He is only two years into his five-year term but denies rumours circulated by rival firms that he has been sidelined in the new expansion. “I have had a couple of very […]

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The Legal Practice Managers Association will elect a new chairperson to replace Christine Kings, practice manager of Geoffrey Robertson QC’s Doughty Street Chambers at its AGM on 22 July when King comes to the end of her reign.

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