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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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Litigation: A keyword for Google?

Many lawyers acting for brand owners will have felt the shockwaves emanating from Google’s recent controversial change to its policy regarding the use of trade marks as keywords in the UK and Ireland. In broad terms, keyword advertising systems allow advertisers to bid for particular terms or phrases. When a search is conducted which includes […]

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The Isle of Man’s Aircraft Registry has proved to be a soaring success for the local economy The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry commenced business on 1 May 2007 with the intention of becoming the world’s leading – and Europe’s only – body dedicated to registering high-quality private and corporate-owned business jets and turbine-engine helicopters. […]

Newcastle’s Muckle in redundancy talks

Newcastle firm Muckle has entered redundancy talks with up to 20 of its staff. Newcastle firm Muckle has entered redundancy talks with up to 20 of its staff. The affected staff members are understood to include business support employees and some fee-earners, mostly across the commercial group and the property services groups. Muckle senior partner […]

GSK ends GC search with Sidley hire

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has turned to the US for its new general counsel, hiring Sidley Austin life ­sciences partner Dan Troy following a seven-month search. Former GSK general counsel Rupert Bondy joined energy company BP in May after announcing his departure in January. Troy will start at GSK on 2 ­September. GSK refused to confirm who […]

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