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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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German to head IBA

Klaus Bohlhof, a partner at German firm Hengeler Muller Weitzel Wirtz, was last week confirmed as new IBA president, replacing Desmond Fernando. Bohlhof said he aimed to use his two years in office to build on existing IBA resolutions looking to outlaw discrimination, regulate multi- disciplinary practices and advance human rights. Meanwhile, Bermudan lawyer Dianna […]

Clifford Chance aids panic prevention CD

CLIFFORD Chance has played a key role in producing a CD-Rom which aims to help companies cope with disasters such as the loss of a major customer, kidnapping or workplace violence. The firm’s head of public policy Richard Thomas joined with experts from the fields of communications, law, finance, insurance, security and risk management to […]

Law Society in the dock

For the profession to have responded imaginatively to the challenge posed by Diana’s death, it would have needed some leadership. But the Law Society is currently in no state to step into this particular breach. Its total failure to make any attempt to co-ordinate the profession’s pro bono activities is legendary. This week The Lawyer […]

In brief: Law Soc hits the road over Woolf reforms

The Law Society is launching a series of regional roadshows in association with Nottingham Law School to inform practitioners about Lord Woolf’s civil justice reforms. The roadshows start in Bristol on 24 September and also visit London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester.

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