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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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Cannes retreat brings Herbies’ international strategy into focus

Senior partner David Gold’s strategic recommendations were well received at Herbert Smith’s recent partnership retreat, with Cannes-bound partners supportive of proposals for ongoing growth. Despite an evening trip to Monte Carlo rounding off the event on 28 April, word from the firm suggests that no major losses were suffered on the blackjack table. But of […]

Orrick gears up for European offensive

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has formed a European advisory committee to examine its London and European expansion in the wake of the firm’s failed merger talks with Dewey Ballantine earlier this year. Orrick’s London office is likely to be the focal point of the new strategy. The City office currently features some 60 lawyers and […]

Pru link gifts Boots health insurance deal to Lovells

Lovells has acted for health insurance group PruHealth on a deal that will see Boots offer co-branded private medical insurance products in its stores and on its website. The deal represents PruHealth’s largest-ever co-branding agreement and is also its first retail partnership. Lovells, which has an existing relationship with PruHealth parent company Prudential, advised on […]

New management for Geordies

Newcastle-based Robert Muckle has appointed a new senior partner and re-elected its managing partner. Hugh Welch, who has previously held both the managing and senior partner roles, takes over as senior partner from commercial partner Ian Gilthorpe, who has returned to a full-time fee-earning role at the end of his three-year term. Managing partner Stephen […]

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