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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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No5’s Bahia defends in global drugs plot

Barrister Sharon Bahia from No5 Chambers has defended in a case where two members of West Bromwich’s ‘Raiders Crew’ were given jail sentences after a police foiled a plot to smuggle 3.2kg of cocaine from overseas. The two were found guilty of conspiracy to import and supply Class A drugs after a trial earlier this […]

Digital unity will prevent ‘greed of a few’ exploiting online economy, says Eversheds

Liz Fitzsimons, legal director at Eversheds, has commented on the findings that cyber crime costs the global economy $445bn (£265bn) a year. Fitzsimons noted that governments, businesses and many others recognise the potential power of the online global economy to improve communication and understanding as well as to create opportunity, employment and wealth. She said: ‘Cyber […]

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Bruce Dear, head of London real estate at Eversheds, has commented on what could potentially be Europe’s largest property initial public offering (IPO).  Dear said: ‘The Spanish market is where the UK was 18 months ago, albeit they have better footballers. Investors suspect the country’s economic pain has peaked and is ready to generate gains. […]

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