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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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This week Linklaters’ governing bodies, long-defended lockstep and US game plan came under scrutiny from partners in the first bi-annual partner meeting in six years. Is the firm at a crossroads of identity? Managing partner Simon Davies says it is the magic circle suffering the branding crisis, not Linklaters. “There is a point about longevity […]

Dechert makes up three in London in 11-strong promos round

Dechert has promoted three partners in its London office amid 11 promotions globally – the same number as last year. Litigator Caroline Black and corporate lawyers Andrew Harrow and Patrick Lyons are the three London lawyers promoted, effective 1 January. This year two City-based practitioners made the cut among the 11 promotions, while in 2013 […]

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Simmons & Simmons re-elects Jeremy Hoyland as managing partner

Simmons & Simmons has re-elected managing partner Jeremy Hoyland for a second four-year term that will commence on 1 May 2015. The vote took place last week at a partner conference in Madrid. Hoyland joined Simmons in 1989 as a trainee and qualified into the London banking and capital markets department in 1991. He became […]

2014 Power Part Time List recognises Wragge partner Sarah Sasse

Sarah Sasse, who leads Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s public sector IT/outsourcing practice, has been named in the 2014 Power Part Time list. The list, compiled by Timewise and published in The Financial Times, showcases the stories and achievements of 50 of the UK’s most powerful professionals who all happen to work part-time or flexibly. […]

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