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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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Lovells overhauls US management team

Lovells has named New York litigation partner Marc Gottridge as its next US regional managing partner. Following the outcome of a partnership vote he will take up the three-year position tomorrow (1 August). Gottridge, who replaces Chicago-based Joe McCullough, will head a team of 80 fee-earners based in both New York and Chicago. He will […]

Money before morals? Firms bullish on acting for controversial clients

Should firms concern themselves with the ethics of clients’ business activities? By Margaret Taylor Law firms claim to be obsessed with increasing their diversity and reducing their carbon footprints, so the assumption is that lawyers are a pretty politically correct bunch. But how far does that political correctness stretch when it comes to client relationships?Countless […]

Bakers lures former US deputy attorney general in DC

Former US deputy attorney general Paul McNulty is to join Baker & McKenzie‘s Washington DC office as a partner. McNulty’s experience will see him span several practice areas at the firm, focusing on US litigation, corporate compliance and risk management. He will also work alongside the firm’s global dispute resolution practice. The firm’s chairman John […]

Architecture tie-up hands work to trio

Dickson Minto and Reed Smith have scored lead roles in a midmarket deal that created one of the world’s largest architecture practices, the transatlantic union between Edinburgh-headquartered RMJM and Hillier, the US’s fifth-largest architecture firm. Dickson Minto, also based in Edinburgh, paired with Boston-headquartered Burns & Levinson to advise RMJM on its £35m takeover of […]

Dewey gains German real estate presence with Pöllath raid

Dewey Ballantine has continued its hiring spree by taking on a founding partner of Pöllath & Partners, adding a real estate capability to its German operations for the first time. Ralph Wagner will bring a team of six associates with him to launch Dewey’s German real estate practice. Hanno Berger, German managing partner at Dewey, […]

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