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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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UK family lawyers concerned over EU divorce plans

Proposals to harmonise the divorce laws across Europe could set back the position of women in the UK by 30 years, according to leading family law practitioners. The Family Law Bar Association (FLBA) attended the recent Conference on Judicial Co-operation in Cross Border Family Matters, which was held in Italy and organised by the European […]

Sellers’ packs – the sequel

Sellers’ packs made a return to the Government agenda last week, but under the new name of ‘home information packs’, when they were included in the new Housing Bill. Housing Minister Keith Hill said the new legislation would be “a key reform in helping deliver sustainable communities and by protecting the most vulnerable and helping […]

Hill Dickinson wins Clyde & Co partner

Clyde & Co has lost professional indemnity and product liability partner Angela Horne to North West firm Hill Dickinson. Horne was recently involved in a successful House of Lords appeal on behalf of two members of the bar in the case of Medcalf v Mardell. During her time at Clydes she has also represented Dr […]

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You know, I admire Subjudice when she attempts to get me to do her homework for her; I think it marvellous that Liability would rather plait Barbie’s hair than bash up and down a muddy hockey pitch, and that Deminimus wants to get to level eight on his new Game Boy rather than learn about […]

Crowell & Moring pushes for London growth with Jones Day hire

US firm Crowell & Moring has strengthened its London arbitration and litigation group through the recruitment of a former Jones Day lawyer. Jane Wessel, an international arbitration and commercial litigation specialist, is joining the firm as counsel from Jones Day. The hire fits in with the firm’s European strategy to grow its offices in London […]

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