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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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Amazon bags Wanadoo legal head for top UK adviser role

LEADING internet retailer Amazon.co.uk has appointed highly rated general counsel David Melville to the role of UK legal director, filling the void created by the restructure of its European legal operations in early 2005. Melville was formerly head of legal and regulatory affairs at Wanadoo International, which he joined from subsidiary Freeserve. He was head […]

The work-life quiz

Paul Groobey, head of London office, Hammonds What was your first-ever job? Labouring for a marquee firm, developing my team skills and use of the sledgehammer. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Lighting the senior partner’s coal fire. Each morning I would have to rake out the ashes, carry them down two flights […]

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Walker Morris is taking a fight over the branding of pork pies to the Court of Appeal on behalf of Northern Foods. Partner Patrick Cantrill is leading the Walker Morris team acting for Northern Foods, a longstanding litigation client, to protect the famous ‘Melton Mowbray’ pork pie name. Northern Foods took the case against the […]

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SJ Berwin, led by Steven Davis and Mark Sanders, advised the three owners of Capitol Films – Sharon Harel, Jane Barclay and Hannah Leader – on the sale of the company to Los Angeles-based entrepreneurs David Bergstein and Ronald Tutor. SJ Berwin advises Capitol films on sale SJ Berwin, led by Steven Davis and Mark […]

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