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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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In brief: PI motorbike specialist joins Manchester firm

Personal injury lawyer Philip Shuker has joined five-partner Manchester firm Cottrill Stone Lawless. Shuker (pictured immediate right with new fellow PI partners Ian Lawless – seated – and Philip Mogg – far right) is a specialist in motorbike accident claims. He set up his own practice in 1994 after leaving Furness Evans Oates.

Second chance for 'guilty' lawyer

A former Wilde Sapte partner escaped being struck off last week despite being found guilty of acting dishonestly by the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal. Stephen Brower, who now works for London firm Edwin Coe, had transferred £5,000 from a client account at Wilde Sapte to the account holding the estate of his late father. But Brower […]

Casely-Hayford relishes legendary role

Partner Margaret Casely-Hayford at Denton Hall is leading the team advising Bristol developer Legend Court on a #500m technological theme park planned for Magor, near Newport, South Wales. The theme park will be the second largest in Europe, behind Euro Disney, and the largest in the UK. The theme park is to be based on […]

In brief: Southern niche practices seal merger

Two niche practices run by ex-City solicitors have merged. Guildford property firm HD Ferguson & Co, formed by ex-Richards Butler solicitor Hamish Ferguson, has merged with commercial firm Gordons, formed by lawyers from Linklaters and Baker & McKenzie. The new five-partner firm, Gordons, will practise from offices in Holborn and Guildford.

Government to force MDPs on Law Society

The Government will impose multi-disciplinary partnerships (MDPs) on the legal profession if the Law Society refuses to allow them. A senior government source has told The Lawyer that it is preparing to follow up a threat made in opposition three years ago to refer the legal profession to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission if the […]

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