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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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A former senior in-house lawyer at beleaguered Hewlett-Packard (HP) has been indicted on charges of fraud and identity theft in the US for his alleged involvement in the ‘pretexting’ scandal that rocked the company in recent weeks. Four felony charges were filed against HP’s former director of ethics Kevin Hunsaker, who oversaw the 2006 internal […]

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“O judgment! Thou art fled to brutish beasts, And men have lost their reason.” Watson Burton forced to rewrite script as Hoyle exits stage left” />”O judgment! Thou art fled to brutish beasts, And men have lost their reason.” Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene II It is not often that The Lawyer has good cause […]

Old Square celebrates landmark ECJ ruling

Old Square Chambers played a high-profile role in the key equal pay case initially brought by Bernadette Cadman that was decided by Europe’s highest court yesterday (3 October). The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that additional years of service – in this instance, of a male employee who did not take time off to […]

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The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@ thelawyer. com. O Coudert Brothers, where art thou? The week kicked off with an ending as news filtered through […]

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