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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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California leads Kerry donations

West Coast law firms have helped Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry raise more money in California, making the state the party’s leading contributor in the US. By the end of June, Californian donations for Kerry’s bid for the White House totalled $23.6m (£12.9m), amounting to 21 per cent of his overall donations across the country, according to information produced […]

Animal activists seek to exploit weaknesses in BOC injunction

Law student animal activists are taking advantage of gaps in an injunction secured by industrial gases group BOC against protester attacks. The injunction protects BOC from potential attacks, but it has been found to cover just 12 of the company’s 92 sites in the UK. Companies such as Huntington Life Sciences, represented by London law […]

US lawyer joins Haarmanns’ new management

Haarmann Hemmelrath has recruited US lawyer and company turnaround specialist Jeff Thinnes as its chief executive officer (CEO). Thinnes joins from his own company JTI Inc. His arrival is part of the German giant’s attempts to streamline its management, which are to be put to the vote this week. Haarmann’s 18-person partnership development board is […]

DLA raids Görg for Hamburg debut

DLA has won three Hamburg-based partners and 10 associates from former German ally Görg to launch its own base in the city. Görg and DLA went their separate ways last month after three years as best friends. The split came after DLA pressed for further integration in the wake of its merger talks with US […]

The work-life quiz

Michael Shaw, managing partner, Cobbetts What was your first ever job?Scrubbing out the toilets in a service station. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Handing matches to a prisoner charged with murdering his wife by setting her on fire. Where is the best place to go if you really want to find out […]

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