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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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THE SOLE Practitioners Group has set up four new committees to help focus its activities. The constitutional and administration committee will deal with issues relating to the running of the group, while the practice standards committee will give advice and assistance on issues such as franchising. A business and legal practice committee will have a […]

Go-ahead for graduated fees

THE LORD Chancellor’s Department is pressing ahead with a radical new system of paying barristers for legal aid work, despite problems highlighted by consultants. KMPG Peat Marwick was asked to come up with a model for “graduated fees” – a form of standardised legal aid payment for barristers – but ran into problems due to […]

In brief: Year and a day report due soon

A report containing the Law Commission’s recommendations for the reform of the year and a day rule will be released on 22 February. The rule currently states that a person cannot be convicted of a range of offences including murder and manslaughter if there is a delay of more than a year and a day […]

Management expert tells firms 'grow to prosper'

NINETY-THREE per cent of the top 300 stock exchange quoted companies use a top 10 law firm for their major corporate work. The figure was revealed by management consultant Alan Hodgart at a recent marketing conference when he warned corporate commercial law firms they needed to grow to prosper. Hodgart, director of Hodgart Temporal & […]

In brief: Lovell White Durrant

Cavan Taylor, senior partner at Lovell White Durrant, will retire and be succeeded by Andrew Walker at the end of April 1996, and not this year, as stated in The Lawyer last week.

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