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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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French firms face 35-hour week rule

Law firms in France could soon be forced to adopt the 35 hour week that accountants in the country have already accepted. The first wave of legislation, which comes into force in January 2000, will cut the maximum working week from 39 to 35 hours for the majority of workers, but lawyers have so far […]

Solicitors duck for cover as protesters target City rich

Freshfields’ City office was reportedly paint-balled, hit by custard pies and abseiled down by protesters, and City lawyers donned mufti to protect themselves from rioters campaigning against global capitalism in the Square Mile last Friday. Linklaters, Lovell White Durrant, Dibb Lupton Alsop and Herbert Smith were among firms on the protesters’ route who followed police […]

Shoosmiths to relocate PI and recovery unit after contract win

Shoosmiths & Harrison is planning to relocate the bulk of its personal injury (PI) and uninsured loss recovery (ULR) work to a new office in Basingstoke by the first quarter of the year 2000. Lawyers who refuse to move from the existing operations at Shoosmiths’ Solent and Reading offices face redundancy as those offices will […]

Square Mile

As recently reported in this column (3 May), adopting an industry sector approach to the organisation of a law firm is not new. Indeed, a number of firms have sought to specialise further within certain industries and sectors. But that is not enough. Clients will only be properly serviced by ensuring that those best qualified […]

Care ruling will impact rural councils

The plight of society’s most vulnerable youngsters has come in for High Court scrutiny in two cases against Kent County Council that have re-emphasised the problem of aftercare funding. The cases are a warning for a number of rural local authorities. These authorities often have large numbers of youngsters from nearby cities placed in foster […]

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