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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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Bar turns tables on Govt in “fat cat' row

The Bar Council successfully hit back at the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine’s attacks on “fat cat” barristers last week, putting the government on the defensive. Figures released by the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD), showing 39 barristers earning between £190,000 and £320,000 from legal aid in 1997, plus the top 20 highest earning firms for civil […]

Divided opinions

Chris Fogarty focuses on the top 100 firms’ views on issues ranging from the single currency to a fused profession For a profession that is often accused of being pinstriped and conservative, there is a surprising diversity of opinions about the issues that directly affect firms. More than two thirds of the 125 firms contacted […]

Dublin firm assists cross-border AGM

Dublin firm William Fry helped bring about the first cross-border television link of a company’s annual general meeting last week. The AGM of Waterford Wedgwood, held in London on 30 April, is believed to be the first to be electronically linked to shareholders overseas. The company has been a client of William Fry for many […]

In brief: Partnership promotions

Gouldens has expanded its company and commercial, property and litigation departments with the appointment of four new partners with effect from 1 May. Richards Butler has made up three new partners, one in the firm’s London office and two in Hong Kong. Penningtons has expanded its litigation department with the appointment of two partners. Freeth […]

In brief: Head to head at Foot

Plymouth firm Foot & Bowden has recruited barrister Sebastian Head (pictured right) to front a new three-man land use and planning team for Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. Head practised at 2 Mitre Court and King’s Bench Chambers in Plymouth.

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