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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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Strong manufacturing outlook is driving expenditure and M&A activity, says Eversheds

Robin Johnson, head of diversified industrials at Eversheds, has commented on the CBI Industrial Trends figures for May. Johnson said: ‘Reflecting the strong outlook for the sector identified by the CBI, the feedback from our clients on the health of UK manufacturing is one of renewed optimism. ‘There is an increase in capital expenditure on […]

Plastic bag levy may help focus consumers’ minds on recycling, says Eversheds

Michael Grimes, head of waste at law firm Eversheds, has commented on the new plastic bag levy set to be announced in the Queen’s Speech. According to Grimes, recent figures from the government show that, despite all the efforts of councils and businesses, the annual recycling rate in England has remained level at just under 40 per cent […]

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Arendt & Medernach has been named Luxembourg Law Firm of the Year at the Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2014 ceremony, which took place in London on 24 April 2014. The evening saw 24 individual country awards, including a new country award for Luxembourg. Arendt & Medernach is the first law firm in Luxembourg awarded for its excellence […]

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