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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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Walker Morris has announced that it will be promoting two partners and eight directors this year. The new partners have been named as Andrew Northage and Jules Harbage. The promotion of Northage is the third senior appointment to the regulatory and compliance team in six months. He specialises in a range of regulatory issues, including […]

May forecast: gloomy, with sunny spells

Nobody likes being the bearer of bad news, particularly when Britain is being hit by snow and 65mph winds in mid-May. But in the theme of moping, we might as well mope and moan a bit more. Because this week’s news has been about shrinking companies and streamlined legal teams, which isn’t much fun for […]

Bingham raids White & Case in Tokyo for seven lawyer funds team

Bingham has expanded in Japan by snatching a seven-lawyer investment funds team from White & Case’s Tokyo office. The team is led by partners Christopher Wells and Tomoko Fuminaga, who headed the investment funds and regulatory team at White & Case in Tokyo. Wells is a veteran international lawyer in Japan, having practised in the […]

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Exclusive: Legacy Herbert Smith issues £20m cash call to equity partners

Legacy Herbert Smith has issued a cash call of up to £20m to all equity partners in an effort to boost its capital structure as part of the firm’s planned financial integration with Australia’s Freehills. Around 170 equity partners at the firm will be affected by the move, with those in the equity asked to […]

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