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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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Equality Bill clears first hurdle

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Revealed: future for CPS lawyers

THE DISMISSAL of all CPS lawyers, their re-employment on fixed-term contracts and the use of police to prosecute offences are among a series of options being considered by the service, according to an internal paper. Magistrates Court rights of audience for non-lawyers is another option suggested by the paper which appears to confirm the claim […]

Peer attacks Mackay's 'delays'

LORD Mackay has made a thinly-veiled plea for patience in response to a volley of parliamentary questions about his alleged “delays” in reaching a decision over higher court rights of audience for employed solicitors. In a written answer to the latest of three questions tabled by Lord Ackner on the issue, the Lord Chancellor said […]

Caesarean delivery claim

A Canterbury woman who claims she was not properly anaesthetised when her baby was delivered by caesarean is taking East Kent Health Authority to the High Court. Gillian Miles claims she was admitted to William Harvey Hospital in Willesborough, Ashford, Kent, for a caesarean section and was given an epidural injection. However, she claims she […]

Merged firms split after 29-day honeymoon

TWO Manchester firms have demerged in a dramatic split which came just 29 days after they originally joined forces. Donn & Co said it instigated the demerger with Philip Conn & Co after taking counsel’s advice on details that emerged after the merger had taken place. But in a statement, Philip Conn & Co said […]

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