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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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Four-day house buying promise from Marsons

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The road to client choice

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Which? poll highlights mistrust of solicitors

Solicitors are not usually the preferred first port of call for people facing legal problems, a survey by consumer magazine Which? has found. Which? surveyed 1,892 people over the age of 15 by personal interview to find out how much they knew about their legal rights and sources of legal advice. This was followed up […]

In brief: LAB ploughs ahead with Green Form pilot

The Legal Aid Board is to “go ahead as planned” with the launch of its green form block contract pilot on 1 August even if the Law Society boycott continues, according to policy adviser Alison McGarrity. McGarrity said it was “unlikely” the LAB would “move further” on its current proposals on payment for the administrative […]

Research pays off

Barrister Becket Bedford from Birmingham will see several years of research come to fruition this month with the publication of two specialist European law texts. European Travel Law, published by Wiley, and Public Procurement Enforcement and Remedies in Europe, published by Butterworths, have been co-edited by the EU law specialist, who is a tenant at […]

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