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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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Linklaters reinstates global COO position for Thompson

Linklaters has appointed Simon Thompson as global chief operating officer (COO), a position that had been redundant for the last three years. Thompson, who was previously the magic circle firm’s director of information systems and strategy (ISS), takes on the COO position with immediate effect. As COO Thompson will sit on the firm’s executive committee, […]

Raft of firms benefit from mining mega-deal

The latest mega-deal in the mining industry has gifted roles to a group of elite US and Canadian firms. US aluminium giant Alcoa has instructed Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton to advise it on its $33bn (£16.54bn) unsolicited bid for Canadian rival Alcan. Stikeman Elliot is advising Alcoa […]

Weightmans bucks insurance slump with record revenue hike

Weightmans has announced a record increase in turnover at the year end of 15 per cent in its year, taking last year’s revenues of £38m to £43m. The firm has also announced a provisional profit per equity partner (PEP) figure of £282,000 compared to last year’s £265,000. Weightmans managing partner Patrick Gaul commented: “We have […]

3i chooses Travers for Lord Foster coup

Private equity house 3i has turned to Travers Smith in its innovative plan to buy a stake in one of the UK’s most famous architecture practices. Lord Foster, one of the most prominent British architects, has agreed to sell a stake in his Foster & Partners company to 3i in a deal that is reportedly […]

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