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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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Nelsons announces merger with Derby practice Gadsbys

East Midlands firm Nelsons is merging for the second time this year – with Derby-based practice Gadsbys. The merger with the six partner commercial property practice will take effect on 1 October and will bring the partner count to 42. Two months ago Nelsons merged with Derby firm Alfred Sevier & Son, which specialises in […]

British Airports Authority (BAA)

British Airports Authority (BAA) is experiencing a strong year, buoyed up by the confidence provided by its latest strong set of financials. At the beginning of June, the multi-faceted company, which has ventures in retail, railways and property, revealed a 7.5 per cent surge in pre-tax profits that smashed market expectations. But although 1999 is […]

Stephenson Harwood loses three partners

Stephenson Harwood’s top insolvency partner and two other partners are set to leave the firm. Insolvency partner Geoff Woolf and banking partner Paul Diss are understood to be joining SJ Berwin. Litigation partner Roger Brown is going to Herbert Smith. They had all been at Stephenson Harwood for more than 20 years. All three cite […]

Shoosmiths to relocate PI and recovery unit after contract win

Shoosmiths & Harrison is planning to relocate the bulk of its personal injury (PI) and uninsured loss recovery (ULR) work to a new office in Basingstoke by the first quarter of the year 2000. Lawyers who refuse to move from the existing operations at Shoosmiths’ Solent and Reading offices face redundancy as those offices will […]

In brief: Freshfields partner David Pollard

Freshfields partner David Pollard has come out as “Top Pensions Lawyer” in a survey by Pensions World magazine. Phillip Bennett, a partner at Slaughter and May, emerges as “Toughest Pensions Negotiator”. Mark Greenlees, a partner at specialist firm Sacker & Partners, and Derek Sloan, a partner at Allen & Overy, come joint first in the […]

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