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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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Forward looking firms will welcome flexibility

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Over here and over paid

It has been interesting to follow reports on the escalation of solicitors’ salaries which, except for the US dimension, is reminiscent of the mid-1980s when Gouldens determined to pay in excess of all City firms for newly qualifieds. Back then Gouldens decided on a heady £15,000 against a benchmark of around £12,500. What was less […]

Irwin Mitchell launches in-house fund

National firm Irwin Mitchell has launched a fund management unit that it says will become the largest in the country. With the new unit the firm will rival London firm Lawrence Graham as the biggest practice in the country to manage clients’ finances in-house. There are 55 firms in England and Scotland with similar units. […]

Four more firms set to join Ecomlex group

German, Dutch, Italian and Irish law firms are the latest to join a European e-commerce association. Ecomlex is being set up to advise international clients on new economy issues, such as cross-border internet start-ups and initial public offerings. The Lawyer previously revealed that Field Fisher Waterhouse, Swedish practice Advokatfirman Fylgia, and Scottish member firm Harper […]

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Coudert Brothers represented MCI WorldCom on a lease for the entire Reading International Business Park, where the company will establish its European headquarters. The site is being constructed by Akeler International. Coudert Brothers managing partner Philip Burroughs acted with a team of two on the deal while Akeler was advised by Berwin Leighton.

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