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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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Ashursts beats rivals to win work for Bayerische Hypo-und Vereinsbank

Ashurst Morris Crisp has won out against two City rivals to pick up work for the first time from Bayerische Hypo-und Vereinsbank’s acquisition finance unit. The firm acted for the German bank’s London office on refinancing the debt within Merlin Entertainments Group. While Ashursts has worked with Bayerische Hypo-und Vereinsbank before, both in its domestic […]

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With the election seemingly coming up, invites for the fundraisers have been coming in. Nothing, alas, for the infamous Lord Irving bash, but so non-committal has the Lawyer been about his true political leanings that we have cards on the mantelpiece for three separate party functions. I’m going to find the spring rather a strain, […]

LeBoeuf scoops Georgian telecoms privatisation work

Leboeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has won a series of roles in the wave of privatisation sweeping the former Soviet Union. The firm is advising Commerzbank, which is leading the consortium acting for the Georgian government on the privatisation of Telecom Georgia (TG) and Georgian Local Lines Company (GLLC). The consortium includes the Bank of […]

Going for broke

While the UK economy is still buoyant, at least for the time being, the same has not been true in other corners of the globe. Depressed markets close to home and further afield have created work for insolvency practitioners on a range of mammoth and intricate deals over the last year. As an easy guide […]

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