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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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Taylor Walton continues growth with marriage to Myers Cowley

Home Counties firm Taylor Walton has sealed its third merger in five years after agreeing a deal with niche commercial firm Myers Cowley of Hemel Hempstead. Taylor Walton gains three partners in the move, bringing the partnership count to 25, with a total of more than 250 staff. The Taylor Walton name will remain unchanged. […]

Lovells acts on Isle of Man Steam Packet deal

Lovells advised NM Rothschild & Sons and ABN Amro on the whole business securitisation of the Isle of Man Steam Packet. The deal raised £65m of secured finance for the ferry operator.Head of capital markets David Hudd and senior capital markets lawyer Brian Carne led the deal. “The company’s ferries are the main link between […]

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So finally the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has published its elusive consultation document on amending the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 (Tupe). The Acquired Rights Directive was amended back in 1998, and the UK had until 17 July this year to implement the changes. The DTI has periodically promised a […]

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Macfarlanes (Charles Martin, Mark Baldwin, Stephen Drewitt) advised the management team of Wightlink Holdings on its £180m secondary management buyout. Finance provided by RBS Mezzanine, part of the Royal Bank of Scotland, and RBM Investments, an equity investor, both advised by Dickson Minto. Nicholson Graham & Jones (Kevin McGuinness, Richard Herbert) acted for Home Entertainment […]

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