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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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Freshfields' conference winner

Fennell Betson reports Freshfields took over four years and examined 17 systems before choosing the video conferencing system it has installed in London and six European offices. “We had a good look around and chose the Sony system after a three-month trial,” says the firm’s communications manager David Enders. The City firm is believed to […]

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Boscombe Property’s directors and certain new investors were advised by Berwin Leighton and its shareholders by Lewis Silkin on its introduction to the Official List. At the time of the introduction Boscombe acquired Newcrest Property Services

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NEWLY-ELECTED chair of Women in Property for 1995, Judith Gershon, intends to help build a better future for women professionals in the property field.

Gershon, a commercial property specialist at Eversheds Birmingham, will host the association’s national conference in the city this autumn. She emphasises that the association’s 500-plus membership encompasses most property-related disciplines. She says: “Far from being a group of ardent feminists intent on using the association for political or sexist purposes, it provides a forum for […]

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Ten years ago it would have been impossible to have set up a successful practice on your own without a full time secretary/receptionist (and the accompanying burdens of Paye and national insurance), a minimum of two offices and probably also a small conference room for meetings. However, recent technological developments and the introduction of the […]

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