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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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Withers chairmanship goes to NY partner as details of failed Speechly deal emerge

Withers chairman Anthony Indaimo is to stand down in July with the firm naming New York-based Ivan Sacks as his successor. The news comes just days after talks about a potential tie-up between Withers and Speechly Bircham broke down following partner votes at the two firms last week. Withers partners voted on the merger last […]

Luxembourg: a new heaven for e-archiving?

On 21 January 2003, the Luxembourg government filed a new draft law and Grand Ducal Regulation on the dematerialisation and archiving of documents. These drafts were very much expected by professionals and should make Luxembourg a venue of choice for data centres and e-archiving. They aim at taking into account technological advancement, as well as […]

European Commission consults on new technology licensing rules

The European Commission has conducted a consultation on proposed changes to the technology transfer block exemption (TTBE) and accompanying guidelines, which exempt certain technology licensing agreements from the EU/UK competition law ban on anti-competitive agreements. The current TTBE is due to expire in April 2014. EU/UK competition law outlaws anti-competitive agreements between companies. Restrictions in […]

Scott Burns Index

The Lawyer Management: Brown Rudnick

Scott Burns, managing partner at Brown Rudnick’s London office, has worked at the firm for 24 years. Prior to joining he ran the subsidiaries of US financial services conglomerate and was general counsel of a US bank holding company. What are the key elements of your role? I manage our London office, from which we […]

Lawyers criticise court “privatisation” proposals

The legal community has warned against the dangers of privatising the court system as the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) denied it was planning to sell off courts to the private sector. Yesterday (28 May) The Times reported that the MoJ intended to liberate the court system from Treasury control and make it a commercial enterprise, […]

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