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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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Partners give approval to Patton Boggs-Squire Sanders merger

Partners at Squire Sanders and Washington DC-based Patton Boggs have agreed to merge the firms and new outfit Squire Patton Boggs will launch within a week.  The combined firm will have 1,700 lawyers in 45 offices across 22 countries. It will give Patton Boggs the international platform its clients are increasingly demanding and Squire Sanders a […]

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Tokyo-based TMI Associates is planning to open an office in Silicon Valley in July, mainly targeting intellectual property related work. TMI Associates, which has a long-standing joint venture with Simmons & Simmons in Tokyo, will be the first Japanese firm to plant a base in Silicon Valley. The new office will locate in the city […]

Litigators follow court battles with fight for The Lawyer Awards

With only three weeks left until The Lawyer Awards, those shortlisted will surely be dusting off their tuxes and digging out best frocks in preparation. In the Litigation Team of the Year category, the battle for the top prize is fierce – but then the nominated firms are used to fighting their corner. The shortlist […]

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