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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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Australia’s growing interest in the New Zealand marketplace is an opportunity for growth and prosperity for both parties, says Stephen Macliver Private equity investors are among a new wave of factors accelerating the economic integration of New Zealand (NZ) and Australia. Arguably more than ever before, the landscape is dotted with examples of a merging […]

Cravath and Herbies score lead roles on AOL UK sale

Cravath Swaine & Moore and Herbert Smith have scooped lead roles advising AOL UK on its potential £1bn sale. A deadline for bidders to declare an interest in buying the internet company passed at 5pm today (Monday 12 June), with BSkyB and BT among the favourites. However, it is still unclear whether AOL UK’s US […]

Vinson forks out $30m in Enron escape plan

Vinson & Elkins has settled to the tune of $30m (£16.09m) with Enron’s bankruptcy estate in a deal that staves off the threat of civil litigation from the company. The Texas-based firm has also written off around $4m (£2.15m) in fees that it was owed by Enron, while the US media reported the settlement payment […]

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Uxbridge-based IBB Solicitors has appointed criminal defence specialist Paul Mason as a partner in its business investigations and governance team. He joins from TV Edwards in London. US firm Heller Ehrman has bolstered its New York office with the appointment of Robert Buehler, the former head of the organised crime and terrorism unit of the […]

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