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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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KWM names Hong Kong management duo as Fuller relinquishes control

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has named two partners to succeed global managing partner Stuart Fuller as head of its Hong Kong practice after he decided to give up one part of his dual role. Fuller has filled both management posts since 2012, but has decided to focus solely on the global role, which sees […]

DLA Piper partners advise Pfizer on $635m vaccines acquisition from Baxter

DLA Piper has advised Pfizer on the $635m (£405m) acquisition of commercial vaccines from Baxter. The deal included the meningitis prevention vaccine NeisVac-C and the well-known vaccine FSME-IMMUN/Ticovac. Furthermore, Pfizer acquired the production facility in Austria where the two vaccines are manufactured. The transaction was led by DLA Piper partners Christoph Mager and Elisabeth Stichmann, […]

DLA Piper set to relocate to Manchester office in 2016

DLA Piper has agreed a 15-year lease for new office premises in Manchester. The firm will relocate from 101 Barbirolli Square, where it has been based for almost 20 years, to One St Peter’s Square as of September 2016. One St Peter’s Square is a landmark 273,000 sq foot, 13-storey building. DLA Piper will share […]

Clydesdale Bank

Clydesdale replaces UK GC as Darbyshire returns to Australia role

Clydesdale Bank UK general counsel Jennifer Darbyshire has returned to Australia to resume her role at parent company National Australia Bank (NAB) with James Peirson taking over the UK role.  Darbyshire took up the role as general counsel and company secretary for NAB’s UK operations two years ago after several years leading the bank’s Australian […]

Freshfields leads in elite firms’ salary wars

Slaughter and May has fallen behind the pack in the associate pay stakes. The firm, which once led on UK firms’ remuneration, now trails behind Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance, offering its junior lawyers the lowest pay deal in the magic circle (see full story here). However Slaughters has started on the bonus […]

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