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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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Minneapolis-based Faegre & Benson is merging with local German law firm Brendel Ekkenga Daniel & Partner to expand its office in Frankfurt. The Frankfurt office was opened in 1991 and will now operate under the name Faegre Benson Brendel. Intellectual property (IP) and IT partner Horst Daniel, employment partner Thomas Drosdeck, commercial partner Thomas Hopf, […]

Shearmans continues Euro drive with new Munich office

New York-based law firm Shearman & Sterling is continuing its expansion in Germany as it announces plans to open in Munich. It is expected that the new office, which will open in May or June, will initially be managed by Frankfurt and Düsseldorf managing partner Georg Thoma. Recruitment is already underway and a number of […]

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DMH acquires presence in London with Fairbairns tie

South East firm DMH has launched a London presence with the acquisition of niche City practice Fairbairn Morris. The deal became effective on 5 March and marks the first move to the capital by the firm, previously known as Donne Mileham & Haddock. Fairbairns specialises in commercial property and litigation. The firm’s three partners will […]

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