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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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Lewis Silkin client, rental services provider Enterprise Holdings, has won a trademark logo battle against rival company Europcar at the High Court. The trademark infringement claim against Europcar concerned the company’s adoption of the ‘e’ trademark and logo, similar to those of rival company Enterprise. The judgement marked a win for Lewis Silkin partner Simon […]

Bakers, Freshfields, HSF and Linklaters pick up spots on O2 deal

Amid a global wave of consolidation in the telecoms sector four firms have emerged as advisers on the latest big deal – Hong Kong-based Fortune 500 giant Hutchison Whampoa’s proposed £10.25bn acquisition of O2. It is understood that Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has scooped the mandate for the UK’s second-largest mobile unit O2, while Hutchison […]

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Irwin Mitchell’s former London head of corporate leaves for Fox Williams

Irwin Mitchell former London head of corporate Andrew Woolf has left the firm to join Fox Williams in London. Fox Williams has also taken on real estate partner Phillip Hope from Dentons to head up the firm’s real estate team and develop its international strategy.  Woolf was at Irwin Mitchell for seven years. He was […]

DLA Piper boosts government relations team

DLA Piper has expanded its trade and government relations practice in London with the appointments of John Forrest and Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean. In response to the growing demand for sanctions and import/export controls advice Forrest, formerly a partner at Dechert, will lead the firm’s trade practice in London. Baroness Symons, a Labour member […]

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Republic of Ireland – Firms see green for go

How was 2014 for Irish firms? And how is 2015 shaping up? Looking at elements such as workflow and financial performance, how would you say 2014 was for the firm? John Cronin, chairman, McCann FitzGerald: Very satisfactory. We’ve been recruiting record numbers: our trainee intake increased by over 40 per cent in 2014 and solicitor […]

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