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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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Law Society takes show on the road

The Law Society this week launches its programme of roadshows to improve links between the leadership and the membership. Society President Charles Elly, director of the Solicitors Complaints Bureau Veronica Lowe and head of the legal practice directorate Andrew Lockley will be among the team of top officials meeting members in Exeter. “We are not […]

Mackay sides with fundholding

The current legal aid system will face its most serious challenge yet when, this week, the Lord Chancellor hints at his support for the “fundholders for justice” proposals. Lord Mackay will hail the demise of the demand-led legal aid fund at a seminar on access to justice staged by the Social Market Foundation (SMF). Andrew […]

Law firms on hit-list for IT thieves

Gangs across Britain are targeting law firms and stealing computer equipment worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, suppliers warn. The profession is being hit by a “thefts-to-order” campaign, according to a founder member of the Association of Legal Technology Suppliers. Stephen Taylor-Parker says that highly computer-literate gangs are targeting legal practices in a series of […]

Service sets lawyers on the move

A travel service specifically aimed at lawyers and offering a 24-hour hotline for their clients has started up. Clients can call the Lawyer’s Travel Service at any time of the day or night, and switchboard operators will pass the message on to their travelling lawyer as arranged. The service is an offshoot of the City-based […]

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