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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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On 29 November 2013 in London, the Cayman Islands and US governments entered into an agreement paving the way for the automatic exchange of tax information under the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). In addition to signing the agreement, the two governments also signed a new tax exchange agreement (TIEA) that replaces the […]

Revealed: the global multi-billion dollar litigation market

Next Monday sees the publication of The Lawyer’s Global Litigation Top 50, our annual review of the year in international disputes. For the uninitiated, check out last year’s report. This is the only report that tracks the world’s 50-largest disputes practices by the revenue their litigation and arbitration teams generate. To give you some idea […]

Autumn Statement 2013 — tax highlights

By Mark Burgess, Simon Gough, Paul Rutherford, David Thompson and Richard Woolich We set out below a summary of key items of interest announced by the chancellor in the UK Autumn Statement. Corporate tax rates: the government remains committed to reducing the main UK corporation tax rate (currently 23 per cent) to 21 per cent from April 2014 and […]

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