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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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Sullivan boosts finance and restructuring with Linklaters’ Howard

Linklaters banking and restructuring partner Chris Howard is leaving the magic circle firm to join Sullivan & Cromwell’s London office. Howard joins the US firm two and a half years after rejoining Linklaters from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (22 November 2010). Recently he has led the firm’s work on a raft of high-profile restructurings, advising the […]

European Commission’s proposed anti-dumping tariffs cast shadow over UK solar

After finally pushing past the chaotic introduction of the UK Feed-in-Tariff regime and its hasty revisions, the UK solar photovoltaics industry looks set to enter a new wave of uncertainty in light of the European Commission’s recent announcement that it is proposing to impose tariffs that will increase the costs of products imported into Europe […]

Piercing the corporate veil under the new Kuwait Companies Law

Many business professionals establish their ventures under a corporate or limited liability structure in an effort to protect their personal assets from claims made by internal and/or external forces. However, and particularly under Kuwaiti law, under certain circumstances the ability to circumvent the protection provided by the corporate veil and to hold such owners, shareholders, […]

Bosnia and Herzegovina prepares draft law on natural gas

The draft law governs the organisation and functioning of the natural gas sector, rules and conditions for carrying out energy activities in this sector, planning and development of the natural gas market, market regulation, ‘unbundling’ of activities, third-party access to natural gas systems, construction and reconstruction of infrastructure facilities, technical rules, supervision of the enforcement […]

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