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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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Simmons mulls Ireland launch after EU directive

Simmons & Simmons is scoping the Irish market as part of extensive scenario planning for its funds ­practice. The proposed EU ­Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers, which could cause hedge funds to relocate offshore, is causing Simmons to look at Ireland among a number of ­other jurisdictions. Managing partner at ­Simmons Mark Dawkins said: “It’s scenario […]

Stephensons prepares for office relocation

Stephenson Harwood’s City office will move from its current St Paul’s Churchyard home next spring after signing an agreement with Hermes Real Estate. The firm will take up a 15-year lease for six of the eight floors at 1 Finsbury Circus in 2011 as it continues to grow its fee-earner numbers. Chief executive Sharon White […]

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Dewey shows joined-up thinking as calls for a City chief are answered

London gears up for next level after two years of integration. It was the news for which many – if not most – of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s City-based partners had been waiting. Last week the firm confirmed that it had appointed its first resident London managing partner since the October 2007 merger of Dewey Ballantine […]

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The Capacities of Tony Baldry, a Barrister and MP

Our tale begins on 28 February 2010, where the Independent on Sunday published the following apology to Tony Baldry, a barrister and also a Conservative MP: “In our article “Tory MP accused over links to Nigerian politician” 14 February 2010, we reported that Tony Baldry MP had “lobbied” on behalf of a Nigerian politician James […]

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