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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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Dechert expands in US with West Coast office

Transatlantic firm Dechert is ramping up its US presence and opening up its first office on the West Coast. The firm is setting up a practice in Newport Beach, which is about 30 miles south of Los Angeles in Orange County. The office will focus on financial services work for some of the firm’s key […]

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Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and Pearson Television form independent production company Fresh Productions. Jamie Oliver and Pearson advised by Denton Wilde Sapte (Tara Donovan, Neil Vickers). Elderstreet Capital Partners makes £3.2m investment in Cataloga; first round backers Kennet Capital also make investment. Cataloga advised by Kemp & Co (Lucy Vernall). Elderstreet Capital and Kennet advised […]

Philipson's death creates Thyssen hole

Trevor Philipson QC, one of the lead counsel in the court battle over Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza’s estimated £1.2bn fortune, has died aged 52. Philipson was one of three lead counsel in the Bermuda Thyssen case, which recently ground to a halt after Judge Mitchell stepped down. Philipson’s wide-ranging practice included international arbitration, aviation, civil […]

Skadden Arps represents animal testing company against activists

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is advising Huntingdon Life Sciences and its backer, Stephens Group, on their US-based action against various animal rights organisations. Huntingdon is a contract research organisation that tests chemicals on animals on behalf of a variety of manufacturers. It has increasingly been targeted by animal rights activists and has filed […]

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New Masters of Flash by Tomas Jankowski et al, published by Friends of ED (ISBN 1903450039) It should be said at the outset that this is not the sort of book that you will impulse buy. And at £43 you are unlikely to get it on expenses without an eyebrow being raised. You will not […]

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