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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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Carr swerves to avoid the barrage of publicity

Christopher Carr QC is the master of understatement. His submission in one legal directory startlingly reveals that he is based at One Essex Court and is recommended for commercial litigation, energy and utilities. There is no mention of his career development, professional memberships or personal interests. In fact there is very little information about him […]

Leigh Day asbestos case comes to UK

Leigh Day & Co has lodged High Court compensation claims on behalf of more than 1,500 South Africans who were exposed to asbestos while working for a UK-based company. The action follows a landmark Lords ruling refusing the company, Cape, leave to appeal against an earlier ruling allowing the case to be brought in the […]

Justifying #1m to stakeholders

I REFER to your report on a US law firm seeking a partner for its London office and apparently willing to offer drawings at the #1m level (The Lawyer, 11 January). Given the office overheads that go into generating fees to provide for an income at that level, the successful applicant will have to maintain […]

In brief: Louise Woodward

Louise Woodward, the British au pair whose murder trial was televised live to a viewing audience of millions in the United States, will go public to oppose the lifting of a ban on television cameras in British courts. Woodward, 20, who was convicted of the manslaughter of 18-month-old Matthew Eapen, will address a gathering of […]

Pilot schemes show the way

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 578 7249, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square. FAR FROM “fast-track justice hitting a brick wall” (The Lawyer, 24 November 1998), pilot schemes to speed up criminal justice have so far been very encouraging. These pilots have only been running since the […]

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