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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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US firm Hogan & Hartson is poised to open in Berlin after ongoing discussions with a group of Oppenhoff & Rädler lawyers. The group – thought to include at least 10 partners – is splitting from the firm following the merger with Linklaters & Alliance. The team is led by media and telecoms partner Christo-ph […]

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As businesses and individuals embrace the new economy, law firms are realising that they must promote themselves online. Mark Brandon looks at the best, the worst and the ugliest legal sites. The internet is great, isn’t it? Log on, have a surf, buy some old records that you loved in the 1980s and thought you […]

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Linklaters & Alliance and Nabarro Nathanson acted for MEPC and Westfield respectively on a joint venture to acquire the bulk of MEPC’s retail portfolio. As part of the deal nine shopping centres will be purchased for £930m and will be managed by Westfield. Linklaters’ Christopher Coombe and Nabarros’ Tom Symes and Deborah Parry led the […]

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