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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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Collyer Bristow seals victory for cricketer in Twitter libel case

A cricketer has won the first-ever Twitter libel payout in a case brought on his behalf by Collyer Bristow. Dismissing criticism of libel tourism, Mr Justice Bean found in favour of claimant Chris Cairns, who argued that a Tweet accusing him of match fixing was defamatory (6 March 2012). He was represented by One Brick […]

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The Supreme Court has today established that all employers’ liability (EL) insurance cover is triggered at the point of exposure to toxic materials that cause the asbestos-related disease mesothelioma rather than when the disease starts to develop. The ruling has been widely praised by the claimant community. Norton Rose partner Michael  Mendelowitz sums up the […]

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Osborne Clarke repositions as European firm with local mergers

Osborne Clarke is to merge with its Spanish and Italian Alliance partners, Osborne Clarke Spain and SLA Studio Legale Associato, as it dismantles its formal European alliance with the aim of transforming into a standalone European firm. Managing partner Simon Beswick said the firm would loosen its formal alliance with Belgian-based De Wolf & Partners, […]

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Ex Hogan Lovells partner Grierson admits £1.27m expenses fraud

Former Hogan Lovells partner Chris Grierson pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud totalling £1.27m at a plea hearing at Southwark Crown Court this morning. Grierson showed little emotion as he answered charges that he had falsely claimed £1.27m over the course of four years while practising as a top-ranked litigation partner at Hogan Lovells. Judge […]

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