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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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Real Estate and Projects

US-backed consortium BEP Acquisitions takes Bourne End Properties private after its £45m bid for the listed property company is declared unconditional. BEP Acquisitions advised by Taylor Joynson Garrett (Nick Briant, Richard Gross, Dominic Ross). Bourne End Properties advised by Travers Smith Braithwaite (Richard Skelton). Nationwide Building Society, the debt provider, advised by Dechert (Patrick Gloynes, […]

BOURNE END PROPERTIES

Bourne End Properties had long been a suspect for bowing to the sector’s trend for going private when the Merrill Lynch-led consortium BEP Acquisitions made its £45m bid in December. Last June, when Bourne End was trading at a 33 per cent discount to net asset value, it announced plans to liquidate the company and […]

Corporate

John Lewis purchases the UK arm of internet retailer buy.com. John Lewis represented by Lovells (Frances Le Grys). Financial adviser Lazards. Buy.com represented by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Neil Radford). Unilever sells its sauce business to Campbell Soup Company for £633m. Unilever advised by Slaughter and May (Gary Eborn). Financial adviser Goldman Sachs. Campbell Soup Company […]

Watson Farley New York trio leaves for King & Spalding

Watson Farley & Williams’ New York office has lost half its finance partners to US practice King & Spalding. The departures come only weeks after merger talks between Watson Farley and US firm Hunton & Williams fell through for the second time (The Lawyer, 8 January). The three, Philip Spector, Raymond Simon and Caryn Hemsworth, […]

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