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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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Norton Rose is in merger talks with a number of US law firms, The Lawyer can reveal. The news comes as Clifford Chance embarks on its pioneering merger with New York firm Rogers & Wells. Roger Birkby, managing partner of Norton Rose, says: “We talk to a lot of firms in the US about various […]

In brief: City firm Edward Lewis

City firm Edward Lewis has made up three new partners in its insurance litigation department. Specialist insurance assistants Kate Whitefield, Chris Gambs and John Walker joined the partnership on 1 June. There are now 29 partners at the firm.

Family demands set to affect firms' fortunes

Legislative change, government policies and a cultural shift are leading City firms such as Linklaters, Freshfields and Clifford Chance, to look at how to keep young professionals who want to enjoy both a career and a family. But firms are fearful of losing highly qualified and experienced lawyers who are voting with their feet. Cameron […]

Law Society rivals sling mud as presidential race starts

Law Society presidential candidate Robert Sayer has launched a furious attack on his opponent in the election race, branding him “a complete pillock” who “falls asleep in council meetings”. The mud slinging began shortly after David Keating declared at the eleventh hour that he was also standing for president. Under Law Society rules, Sayer, as […]

Wilde Sapte

Wilde Sapte partner in charge of training Judith Mayhew says she is pioneering training in basic grammar skills with LPC students at Nottingham Trent University. Mayhew says: “The pendulum has swung from everything being paper-based, and the LPC needs more emphasis on letter-writing, basic grammar and drafting of contracts skills.” Mayhew also wants the LPC […]

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