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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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Industry must explain how it assesses cases, says MP

David Kidney MP plans to summon sections of the insurance industry to explain how they will tackle insurance for conditional fee agreements (CFAs). Kidney, chairman of the legal affairs sub-committee of the Parliamentary Labour Party’s Home Affairs Committee, decided on such a move after hearing a joint Bar Council and Law Society attack on government […]

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Princess Diana’s former lover James Hewitt, represented by Harkavys, who has won his battle to keep 64 love letters she sent to him after bringing legal action. London firm Lawrence Graham acted for the Princess’s estate. The Law Society, which has been allowed by the Government to continue regulating immigration solicitors, despite one former Chancery […]

Inns of Court to offer unified training

Unified training for solicitors and barristers is closer than ever as the UK’s largest bar school, the Inns of Court School of Law (ICSL), prepares itself to offer the Legal Practice Course. ICSL principal professor Richard Stone says the move is a response to the Lord Chancellor’s vision of the future, which will see all […]

Baker & McKenzie Madrid Raids KPMG

De Otaola, who is also a Certified Public Accountant, has over 15 years of tax experience and specialises in acquisitions and company reorganisation. Cristina Bustillo, managing partner of Baker & McKenzie’s Madrid office says: “Isabel comes to us with strong credentials and extensive experience and will add significant value to the services we already offer […]

Linklater in tribute to former partner

LINKLATERS & Alliance has paid tribute to former senior partner Ferrier Charlton, who has died aged 75. Charlton was senior partner at the City law firm from 1985 to 1988. He helped to set up the Eurobond market in the 1960s and later advised the Thatcher government on the privatisation of British Telecom in 1984. […]

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