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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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Province of opportunities

There was a sharp intake of breath amongst Northern Irish firms when they heard that London-based Kennedys and Dublin-based Arthur Cox were to open offices in the province last year. As one local lawyer said: “After all the years of people not so much as wanting to stay overnight, it is annoying that they are […]

Law reform/cpd. Firm bookings avoid disappointment

Henry Sherman’s thesis, as a construction litigator, is that a prime cause of litigation delays is the approach of some members of the senior Bar (The Lawyer 21 May 1996). He says that even in the most complex cases pleadings are still usually drafted by a junior. And he adds that access to leading counsel […]

Variations ineffective

Agreed employment variations are ineffective if they are caused by transfer of an undertaking, according to the Employment Appeal Tribunal. In Wilson and others v St Helens Borough Council, control of the Red Bank Controlled Community Home passed from Lancashire County Council to St Helens. The applicants, who had consequently been made redundant, applied for […]

Lawyers go in search of e-vacancies

Alison Laferia reports Lawyers will soon be able to look for jobs via email. LawNews is a free email service that offers subscribers details of legal vacancies and a little news. The service goes live on 1 June. For more information, contact Karen Brockman on 01603 870201 or email her at karen@badgerap.demon.co.uk. Meanwhile, Scottish firm […]

Litigation Writs 28/05/96

Manchester woman Julia Barber has launched a £50,000-plus damages claim against Port Ramsgate over the death of Stephen Jones at Ramsgate in September 1994. Barber is administrator of Jones’ estate and accuses the defendants of negligence and breach of statutory duty. Writ issued by Pannone & Partners, Manchester. The representative of a man who died […]

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