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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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Supreme Court: LLP members are protected by whistle-blowing legislation

Two major rulings from the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal this morning will be enough to keep litigators talking for weeks. LLP members are protected by whistle-blowing legislation, the final court ruled, paving the way for the first whistle-blowing case against a law firm. Former Clyde & Co partner Krista Bates van Winkelhof will […]

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DLA Piper hires Asia employment head from JP Morgan

DLA Piper has appointed former JP Morgan in-house counsel Julia Gorham as its new employment head in Asia. Gorham joins DLA Piper as a partner in Hong Kong from JP Morgan, where she served as the executive director for litigation and employment in Asia Pacific from 2010. Prior to her in-house practice at JP Morgan, […]

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Cyber security – The bullseye of the storm

The boss of US retailer Target has stepped down after a data breach affected millions of customers. Could law firms be next in the firing line? Cyber security is about stopping people from breaking into things. Like a virtual world of cops and robbers, the aim of the game is to convince the curious burglar […]

Barrister S Chelvan’s DSSH model for LGBTI asylum claims is internationally recognised

Throughout May, No5 Chambers barrister S Chelvan has provided training across Europe on his DSSH (difference, stigma, shame and harm) model for credibility assessment in LGBTI asylum claims. From 5–7 May, Chelvan provided training in Madrid to more than 100 delegates from NGOs as part of the CREDO project, co-organised by the ELENA network and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee. […]

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Morgan Cole bags spot as Wales’ largest university establishes first formal panel

The University of South Wales has launched its inaugural panel after it was created following the mergers of Glamorgan and Newport universities last year. The university, now the sixth largest in the UK with around 33,000 students, has appointed Hugh James, Morgan Cole, Veale Wasborough Vizards, Capital Law and Clarkslegal to its roster. It is not […]

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