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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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Lawrence Graham advised Indian power project developer KSK Power Ventur on its sole AIM listing, making it the first Indian company not to list simultaneously in India. It is a watershed for Indian AIM listings and marks the third Indian AIM float Lawrence Graham has handled, following the IPOs of Hardy Oil & Gas and […]

Cuatrecasas hire sees Latham eye Spain

Cuatrecasas corporate partner José Luis Blanco has resigned, leaving the way open for him to launch Latham & Watkins‘ first Spanish office. Blanco specialises in M&A transactions in the technology sector. Latham is understood to have wanted a foothold in the Spanish market for some time, and would open with a corporate heavyhitter if Blanco […]

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Manchester firm Heatons has scored a major role on a £320m retail acquisition that cements the three-partner firm’s relationship with Icelandic retail group Baugur. The deal also generated instructions for SJ Berwin and Slaughter and May. Mosaic, the owner of Oasis and Karen Millen, acquired Rubicon Retail, which owns the Pied-à-Terre and Warehouse brands among […]

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The news that two high-profile Freshfields partners are in hot water for their roles on Philip Green’s M&S bid highlights a whole new culture in the legal profession. It’s all about taking risk management a lot more seriously Last Monday (30 October) the spectre that had been giving partners at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer sleepness nights […]

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