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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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Financial figures 'misleading'

The PROPORTION of discrete financial services business provided by solicitors remains dwarfed by that of other main providers, say the latest industry figures. Solicitors provided only four per cent of services nationally, compared with 11 per cent from accountants and a massive 31 per cent from independent financial advisers (IFAs), says industry body IFA Promotion. […]

Linklaters three-in-one office move

LINKLATERS & Paines has announced plans to move three London offices to a new location by 1997. The firm has agreed to a conditional pre-let of Milton House and Shire House, adjoining buildings on Silk Street in the City. Head of marketing Conor Boden says: “We have been looking to bring our three London offices […]

Thompson partnerships set to reunite

ROBIN Thompson & Partners and Brian Thompson & Partners, the leading trades union and personal injury firms, are expected to announce the result of merger talks this week. A partnership meeting at Robin Thompsons at the weekend is expected to confirm the timescale for the move. Both firms hope the merger will be soon. Geoff […]

Clifford Chance funds Oxford Euro chair

Clifford Chance is funding a new Oxford University professorship of European Law. The professor will direct the university’s new Centre for the Advanced Study of European Comparative Law. The post is being advertised across Europe. Vice-chancellor Dr Peter North QC says: “The professorship will provide a focus for legal analysis, study and research at the […]

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