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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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In brief: Michael Scanlan

Michael Scanlan, senior partner at Glasgow family law specialist Russells Gibson McCaffrey, has taken over as president of the Law Society of Scotland. He replaces Philip Dry, whose parting shot involved presenting the new Scottish parliament with a “manifesto for change”, suggesting reforms for all areas of Scottish law.

Case of the week

A 19-stone salesman who sat on a sofa has delivered a cautionary tale for insurers with shaky furniture. Maurice Leahy was visiting the Croydon offices of Direct Line Insurance when the receptionist invited him to sit on a sofa while he waited, which collapsed beneath his weight, injuring his back. Leahy has now received u80,000 […]

Land case to cut public access

Judgment is pending in the House of Lords in a case which could have major impact on public access to privately-owned but open areas of land. The battle is over a plot of land at the Oxfordshire village of Sunningwell which was donated to the Church of England many years ago. Planning consent has been […]

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In a world of increasing consolidation, where the accounting “big five” hold sway, the insolvency field provides some welcome relief. The usual giants – PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Ernst & Young and Deloitte & Touche – have strong insolvency and restructuring teams. But they are being increasingly challenged by firms outside the big five – most notably […]

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