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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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Satellite litigation

By common consent, the 2004 statutory dispute resolution procedures were not a success, and produced an avalanche of satellite litigation. They have been variously described as ‘inappropriately inflexible and prescriptive’ (Gibbons Report), ‘the middle of a manky meat sandwich’ (Hansard) and ‘rebarbative’ (Underhill J). From April 2009 they will be replaced by a shorter, more […]

Special report: Insurance

Insurers everywhere are bracing themselves for an upsurge in claims as the global economy slides into recession. And this when the UK insurance market is experiencing some fundamental changes relating to how it handles claims. The legal side of insurance is repositioning to seize the opportunities arising as the market evolves. Kennedys, for example, is […]

Wilsons bags BLP charity head; will open in London

Wilsons bags BLP charity head; will open in London” />Salisbury-based charity and private client firm Wilsons has hired Berwin Leighton Paisner‘s (BLP) head of charity and is to open a London office in the next 12 months. Moira Protani (pictured), a BLP partner and head of the charities team, will join Wilsons on 1 September […]

Shrubsall, aka Nostradamus

One Essex Court senior clerk Paul Shrubsall went into semi-retirement last Thursday (31 July) and was invited to speak at the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks’ (IBC) annual ­dinner for his swan song. Tulkinghorn, as usual, was there in spirit, ­watching and listening through the eyes and ears of one of his spies. The mole reported […]

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Star Wars: attack on the clones struck down

Litigation firm SimmonsCooperAndrew has struck down George Lucas’ High Court battle for ownership of the IP rights to the Star Wars stormtrooper helmets. Litigation boutique SimmonsCooperAndrew has struck down film-maker George Lucas’ galactic High Court battle for ownership of the IP rights to the stormtrooper helmets from the Star Wars films. Mr Justice Mann ruled […]

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