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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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•North West firm Scott Rees & Co has appointed Maria Lloyd as a trainee bilingual paralegal. Lloyd was previously a company solicitor and barrister at Weld in Russia and is currently completing a two-year conversion course at BPP Law School in Manchester. •Ashton Graham Solicitors has appointed Linda Osborn as head of its Ipswich residential […]

Boodle leads way in female promotions

•Boodle Hatfield has boosted its number of female equity partners with the promotion of property lawyer Helen Streeton. The firm has also promoted Victoria Symons in the corporate team and Simon Williams in property. Half of all equity partners and 45 per cent of all partners at the firm are women.

SJ Berwin makes up a record 16 partners

SJ Berwin has followed its City rivals by announcing the promotion of 16 associates to its partnership – its largest number to date. The appointments number three more than last year, when 13 lawyers were made up, and continue the firm’s increasing focus on organic growth. In 2004-05 seven were promoted, while 11 were made […]

Simmons’ promotions reveal international ambitions

Simmons & Simmons has chosen the first day of the new financial year to promote 13 to its partnership, slightly down on last year’s figure. The partnerships continued last year’s theme of internationalism, with London only taking three of the 13 new partners. Milan did exceptionally well, with another four, three of whom were finance […]

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