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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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Weightmans lures Perkins property lawyers

Weightmans has appointed Clive Bleasdale as head of property, poaching him and a team of lawyers from North West firm Perkins Solicitors. Bleasdale, formerly head of property and founder of Perkins’ Liverpool office, will be based in Weightmans’ Liverpool branch. The hire follows an announcement in January that Weightmans was to focus more on commercial […]

Manches unveils disappointing financials – but top partners earn more

Manches’ gross revenues and average profit per equity partner (PEP) both dropped last year, according to its 2004 year-end figures. But there has been a dramatic increase in the top of equity as its new merit element of the firm’s distribution system kicks in. Turnover dropped only slightly from £23.8m to £23.5m but average profits, […]

Outer Temple silk appointed War Crimes judge

Outer Temple Chambers’ Paul Garlick QC has been appointed as an international judge for War Crimes of the Criminal and Appellate Divisions of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The appointment was made by Lord Paddy Ashdown, the former Liberal Democrat leader and High Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Garlick has been chosen as one […]

Stepping up your persuasiveness

Securing instructions is easy for some, but not others. Pippa Blakemore provides five steps to sucess Converting contacts into clients is a fundamental requirement of lawyers today. However, although there are many to whom it comes naturally, there are many more who find it difficult and embarrassing because they feel as if they are being […]

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