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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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HMRC has named in-house lawyer David Bunting to replace Gill Aitken as director general of the solicitor’s office and legal services group on an interim basis. Bunting will report to HMRC chief executive Jon Thompson from 1 July while an open recruitment process is conducted to find Aitken’s permanent replacement. Bunting is expected to step […]

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DAC set to exit “miserable dungeon” with move to Cannon Street

DAC Beachcroft‘s search for its new London office is coming to an end as the firm is understood to have put in an offer for floors of the Walbrook Building near Bank station, The Lawyer can reveal. The firm kicked off its search for a new office last September, instructing commercial estate agents Knight Frank to find […]

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Mishcon raids UCL for latest push into tech delivery

Mishcon de Reya has continued to ramp up its tech focus with the appointment of Alastair Moore from University College London (UCL) in the newly-created role of head of data analytics and machine learning. Moore recently stepped down from his previous role leading a masters programme in analytics at the UCL School of Management, although […]

Ogier acts in China’s biggest IPO in years

Ogier’s Hong Kong team have acted as counsel in connection with Foxconn Industrial Internet’s RMB 27 billion (US$ 4.3 billion) initial public offering on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Nathan Powell and Carmen Leung provided Cayman Islands and BVI legal advice to the IPO, which is China’s largest domestic listing since 2015. Nathan Powell said: “This […]

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