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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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Allen & Overy's NYC office to grow

ALLEN & Overy is expanding its New York office as part of a drive to increase its global presence of US-qualified lawyers. The firm doubled its New York office space currently home to three partners, one senior counsel and 16 lawyers a week ago, by taking up extra office space at its premises, and is […]

In brief: Govt welcomes EU family convention

The Government welcomed last week’s signing of the Convention on Jurisdiction and Recognition and Enforcement in certain Family Matters by members of the European Union (EU). The convention will ensure that orders in member states in divorce cases will generally be recognised throughout the EU with the minimum of procedural requirements.

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Watson & anor v West Kent Health Authority – QBD 27 April 1998 Claimant: Daniel Watson, 8 Incident: Medical negligence Injuries: Claimant, who sued through his mother, suffered brain damage after oxygen starvation during birth at Pembury Hospital, Tunbridge Wells in November 1989. He suffers from spastic quadriplegia, can only stand when supported and can […]

Govt must centre on the needy

Law centres must play a central role in government reforms, argues Patrick Lefevre. Patrick Lefevre is a co-ordinator at Brent Community Law Centre in North London. As I listen to lawyers arguing in defence of the current legal aid scheme, I can find almost nothing good to say about the current civil scheme. The reality […]

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