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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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Firms taking risks in dash for Internet, finds survey

National firm Eversheds has conducted a survey which shows that companies rarely take legal advice before setting up a Web site. The survey, based on telephone interviews conducted last month among 111 companies with an annual turnover of more than £250,000, also showed roughly three quarters of companies choose domain names without first checking their […]

Lovells Czech deal

Lovell White Durrant advised National Power on what is thought to be the largest direct investment into the Czech Republic by a UK company to date. National Power paid £100m for a 48 per cent stake in Czech power company, Elektrarny Opatovice. The deal makes National Power the biggest stakeholder in the Czech company.

Stamp out office bullying says equal rights barrister

Leading equal opportunities barrister Margaret McCabe has called for law firm partners to undergo training to open their eyes to bullying and harassment within their firms after winning a £50,000 out of court settlement for a trainee from a three-partner Manchester firm. Andrea Harrison, a trainee at Whitfield firm Laurence Murphy & Co, told an […]

In brief: Law Soc lobbies Lords on legal aid cuts

The Law Society is to send a letter to all MPs and peers today expressing the view that the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg’s decision to withdraw legal aid from all non-family civil claims is a restriction of access to justice for the poor and for those who want to bring complex cases. The […]

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