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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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Lawyers accused of insider dealing to challenge FSA’s case

The partners at the centre of an insider trading investigation have opted for an old style committal hearing, signalling that they intend to challenge the Financial Services Authority (FSA) over whether there is enough evidence to bring the case to trial. Former Dorsey & Whitney corporate partner Andrew Rimmington and former McDermott Will & Emery […]

Linklaters hires Herbies litigation star Christa Band

Linklaters has hired litigation star Christa Band from Herbert Smith. Band, who played a pivotal role in the litigation arising out of Vodafone’s bid for  Mannesmann in 2000, joins Linklaters as a partner under London head of litigation Michael Bennett. She will start work at the magic circle firm in December and has now left […]

Hempsons establishes Newcastle practice

Healthcare firm Hempsons is to launch an office in Newcastle to open in September 2009. The firm has secured office space and has begun the recruitment process to staff the practice. It will be the firm’s fourth office, adding to those in London, Manchester and ­Harrogate. Hempsons managing partner Janice Barber said: “We’re expanding in […]

Simmons bolsters Frankfurt with Haarmann hire

Simmons & Simmons has hired Haarmann founding partner Jan Wildberger to bulk up its Frankfurt office. Wildberger has joined the firm as a partner in its German corporate team advising private equity houses and corporates. Simmons corporate head Mark Curtis said: “Jan’s hire will be a major step forward for the local private equity practice […]

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