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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 goes against insurers in Trigger litigation ruling

Insurers could be forced to pay out hundreds of millions of pounds in compensation after the Supreme Court ruled against them in a landmark ruling affecting thousands of asbestos victims. Today’s ruling, given by a majority of four to one with Supreme Court president Lord Phillips dissenting, establishes that all employers’ liability (EL) insurance cover […]

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Cuatrecasas welcomes all partners into equity

Iberian firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira is ditching its salaried partner rank and bringing all its partners into the equity. The decision was made at the firm’s partnership meeting last week, which also saw the promotion of five lawyers to partner. The restructure has already taken effect and the firm now has 210 equity partners. Some […]

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Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has won a role advising on a franchising deal for Thomas Pink with a subsidiary of India’s largest company that will result in the luxury shirt brand opening offices stores across India. Thomas Pink has entered into a franchising agreement with Reliance Brands, part of Indian giant Reliance Industries, with the […]

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