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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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The convergence of several financial issues in January underline the perils of being thinly capitalised. The 31st January is the weakest point in the financial calendar for many law firms, with LLPs particularly vulnerable.  So despite soaring business confidence with firms looking to scale up, the harsh financial realities can catch firms unawares in the […]

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The Lawyer Southeast Asia Elite 2015: the executive summary

Global and local firms are poised to exploit the potential from ASEAN’s new single economic market in our first Elite report into the region’s legal sector The Southeast Asia Elite report This year the ASEAN Economic Community launches – a regional event that both domestic and international firms in Southeast Asia have been gearing up […]

Carey Olsen expands litigation team in Jersey

Trust lawyer Michael Goulborn has joined the Carey Olsen litigation team as of counsel in the Jersey office. He has particular expertise in contentious and non-contentious trust matters in Jersey and internationally. Goulborn recently acted for two of the plaintiffs in the complex Alhamrani proceedings in Jersey that occupied the courts for more than six […]

Schoenherr guides AIM Software sale

Schoenherr has advised AIM Software Group on investment by Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe. The firm advised on the receipt of an investment from and transfer of a majority interest to US-based private equity firm Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe (WCAS). AIM is a provider of data management software products to the financial services industry. AIM’s […]

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Fried Frank to shut Hong Kong and Shanghai offices in international downsize

US firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has called time on its beleaguered Hong Kong and Shanghai offices, with plans to close its Asian operations after seven years in June 2015. Ongoing discussions are thought to revolve around the possibility of maintaining a service office in Hong Kong, which could be an unmanned office […]

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