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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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Stephenson Harwood has taken on property finance and development partner Stephen Koehne (right) from DJ Freeman. Koehne advises both lenders and borrowers in connection with the funding of development and investment properties. He also advises developers. He brings with him a number of clients, including the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Woolwich and a number […]

Prologis

This deal for ProLogis is the first cash-funded multi-jurisdictional real estate securitisation in Europe and it is expected to be the first in a number of similar transactions which could total euro1.5bn (£905.3m) in the next three years. The euro213.8m (£129.5m) deal involves the securitisation of 31 properties based in the UK, the Netherlands and […]

Beachcrofts' Birmingham office lands city council advisory role

Beachcroft Wansbroughs’ Birmingham office has been appointed to a new role working alongside the City Council’s strategic procurement services division.`Beachcrofts will provide the department with specialist legal and strategic advice and will work on specific projects on an outsourcing basis.`The team also expects to be assisting the department in meeting the requirements of best value. […]

The weakest link

The rumour mill has been grinding in UK-US merger circles: apparently one managing partner of a UK firm can communicate with his US counterpart only through a designated US intermediary.`And this is one of the mergers that went ahead. Many more have fallen by the wayside, most notably Ashurst Morris Crisp’s talks with Latham & […]

W&A and Ford Gunningham join forces

Wiltshire private client specialists Wood & Awdry and Ford Gunningham have agreed to merge to strengthen their legal and financial services. The new firm now operates as Wood Awdry & Ford from offices in Chippenham and Marlborough.`Richard Ford of Ford Gunningham and Christopher Yates of Wood & Awdry become joint senior partners. A new management […]

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