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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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Solicitors may be sued again

Leave has been given for an appeal and cross appeal in respect of decisions in a case in which company director William Johnson sued solicitors Gore Wood & Co. Johnson’s company had already sued Gore Wood accusing the firm of negligence. That claim had been settled. Johnson sought to mount a further claim personally, alleging […]

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Herbert Smith advised private equity company The Cypress Group on the English law aspects of its agreement to subscribe for $200m senior convertible participating preference shares in Danka Business Systems. Patrick Mitchell

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“It’s not often that a leading judgment in the Court of Appeal turns on the meaning of an article in The Lawyer.” – BBC legal correspondent Joshua Rozenberg on The Lawyer’s role in the landmark case, Locabail (UK) v Bayfield Properties, heard by Lord Woolf, the Master of the Rolls; Lord Bingham, the Lord Chief […]

Three Internet Deals For Manches in Three Weeks

Manches has successfully seen through its third high profile internet deal in three weeks. The firm’s latest deal involved advising Musicunsigned Ltd (www.musicunsigned.com) – the internet company which promotes unsigned artists via the web – on a venture capital deal with a private investor. The internet deals from the previous fortnight involved Marks & Spencer […]

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