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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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Media calls in Caldecott to fight disclosure injunction

The Law Society is to face the wrath of the world’s media organisations after it won a last minute injunction on new disclosure rules for court documents. The Times Newspapers litigation head Gill Philips has instructed libel defence specialist Andrew Caldecott QC at One Brick Court to confront the Law Society at Thursday’s High Court […]

Baltic firm Sorainen bolstered by raid on rival

Sorainen Law Offices, a 75-lawyer Baltic firm with offices in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, has raided a Lithuanian rival for three practice heads. The three join from the Vilnius office of Lideika Petrauskas Vali?nas ir Partneriai, a Lithuanian firm part of the Lawin Baltic network. Sorainen poached partners Laimonas Skibarka and Tomas Milasauskas to head […]

SJ Berwin handles MEP’s purchase of MFI for &163;1

SJ Berwin has scooped a role to advise new client Merchant Equity Partners (MEP) on the purchase of MFI’s loss-making retail arm. Mayflower, which is controlled by MEP, paid just £1 for the business. The acquisition is the first successful deal for MEP since the fund’s launch. It is understood that MEP competed against at […]

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BMA director of legal services Jonathan Waters doesn’t just have to contend with a single entity’s legal matters, he has to keep an entire profession happy. By Joanne Harris It is a changeable time for membership organisations, burdened as they are with ever-tougher legislation. The British Medical Association (BMA), which looks after the interests of […]

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