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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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Twenty-three lawyers from Freshfields – including 11 partners – and around 20 from Slaughter and May helped engineer ICI’s massive £4.9bn cash acquisition of Unilever’s four speciality chemicals businesses, National Starch, Quest, Unichema and Crosfield. Unilever had initially put the four businesses up for open auction in February. The company’s chief counsel, Steve Williams, said: […]

In brief: Attorney General makes appointments

Attorney General John Morris QC has appointed 6 King’s Bench Walk barrister Nigel Sweeney to represent the Government in cases at the Central Criminal Court. Sweeney will succeed David Calvert-Smith QC as First Senior Treasury Counsel, as tradition dictates he steps down on taking silk. William Boyce and John Kelsey-Fry become Senior Treasury Counsel while […]

Routine matters

Re ‘Legal Aid Board attacked over “cuts through back door”‘ (The Lawyer, 20 May, page 1): the Legal Aid Board has not introduced changes to the way it determines what constitutes an advice and assistance or routine call. Should a conflict of opinion arise between the solicitor and the area office on assessment of the […]

Lithuanian privatisation job down to final two

Clifford Chance and Simmons & Simmons are on the Lithuanian government’s shortlist to advise on the privatisation of Lithuanian Telecom. Clifford Chance is advising French investment bank Banque Paribas and Simmons & simmons is advising NatWest Markets. Both Paribas and NatWest are on the shortlist to become lead financial advisers to the privatisation, drawn up […]

OSS Lawyer Line aims to cut number of complaints

A NEW hotline has been launched to help smooth relations between lawyers and clients. Lawyer Line is due to be launched by the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) on 28 May, to help solicitors who have had a complaint made against them resolve the matter quickly with their client. The phones will be […]

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