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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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Euro MPs look positive on establishment

EURO MPs have shown initial signs of supporting a permanent right of cross-border establishment for EU lawyers following a debate in the European Parliament last week. The move has been welcomed by the law societies of England and Wales and Scotland, which have long opposed the European Commission’s proposal that lawyers should be subject to […]

Lord Chancellor's white paper

Lawyers are needed There is a heavy anti-lawyer slant in the Lord Chancellor’s divorce white paper. The agenda seems to be ‘get the lawyers out and the mediators in’. But much of the reason for the presence of lawyers in matrimonial work is because the current system encouraged, if not required it. The proposed change […]

LCD heads marital think-tank

THE LORD Chancellor’s Department will head a new inter-departmental working group on marriage as part of the Government’s plan for greater integration of policies on marriage and divorce. And responsibility for funding of marriage guidance and research organisations will transfer from the Home Office to Lord Mackay, under the provisions of his White Paper on […]

In brief: Legal aid for 'wealthy' under scrutiny

The Government has announced plans to tighten the system of legal aid means assessment for the “apparently wealthy”. Responding to a question in the House of Lords last week the Lord Chancellor said he was planning to amend the system after receiving more than 50 responses to his December consultation paper on the subject. He […]

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Tool and plant hire company Torex was advised by Stones of Exeter on its full listing and subsequent £3m rights issue. Sponsor Allied Provincial Securities was advised by Bond Pearce.

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