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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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Careers: in brief

Clyde & Co announced last week that partners Jonathan Wood and Derek Hodgson have both been named as chairs at the International Bar Association (IBA). Hodgson, joint head of maritime at Clydes, becomes the chairman of the IBA’s maritime and transport law committee, while Wood has become chairman of the IBA’s international committee. The latter […]

White & Case tops US firms’ profits upturn in London

White & Case’s London office has claimed an astonishing 73.9 per cent profit rise in 2004, with several other US firms also reporting impressive year-end results for their UK outposts. The firm revealed that profit per equity partner has risen from $575,000 (£305,200) in 2003 to $1m (£530,000) in 2004. At the same time, it […]

BLP to open in Middle East on back of energy success

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is planning to open an office in the Middle East after a year of success for its new energy practice in the region. Energy partners Agnieszka Klich and Jon Nash joined the firm last year from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, along with Denton Wilde Sapte’s Sohail Barkatali, and they have hit […]

Ofgem panel places up for grabs in massive rejig

Ofgem, the gas and electricity regulator, has launched a full-scale review of its external legal panel. According to well-placed sources, firms, including those not on the existing panel, were asked to submit their tender documents to Ofgem earlier this month. The regulator’s current legal panel comprises Brodies, Burges Salmon, Maclay Murray & Spens, Nabarro Nathanson, […]

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