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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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Supreme Court judgment in Bull v Hall offers some much-needed clarity

Key equality case highlights future court treatment of protected characteristics The Supreme Court in the case of Bull v Hall was asked to decide on a refusal to provide goods and services to a gay couple and the potential conflict with the providers’ own religious rights. It is a fascinating decision that provides some clarity […]

Simplifying EU merger control: will it really reduce burden on business?

In March 2013 the European Commission consulted on proposals to simplify procedures under the EU merger regulation. The proposals received heavy criticism from respondents to the consultation, who disputed whether the measures would actually result in reduced burden for business. Despite this, the European Commission ploughed ahead with its reforms, and has now, albeit with […]

Former HSF partner fulfils E&Y’s Singapore ambition

It’s no secret that the “big four” accounting firms are trying to push into the legal services in the UK. Today, The Lawyer revealed that Ernst & Young is now extending its legal ambition to Singapore, a regional hub and a gateway to South East Asia’s rapidly growing economies. It’s well known that the “big […]

Stamps on the passport

Osborne Clarke is about to open another European base, this time in Amsterdam. It adds to its recent investments into its Paris and Brussels offices and confirms the trend that mid-sized UK law firms cannot afford to ignore the Continent. Osborne Clarke to set up shop in Amsterdam Osborne Clarke beefs up offices in Paris and […]

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