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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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New rules for magistrates courts

Magistrates will be able to sentence offenders for up to 12 months’ imprisonment under changes being introduced by the Criminal Justice Act in December. Magistrates courts will also now have access to an electronic database to help track down wilful defaulters on court penalties. The increase in sentencing is designed to reduce delays forced by […]

McGrigors introduces real estate first in firm rejig

An internal reorganisation at McGrigors has resulted in Katharine Hardie becoming the firm’s first head of real estate for Scotland. Previously McGrigors had only a national head, Philip Burroughs, now managing partner for London. The news coincides with two partner and six director level promotions within the firm, all of which take effect immediately. The […]

Firms face greater hurdles when trainee contracts end

Law firms failing to implement new employment regulations correctly could see a rise in unfair dismissal claims from trainees who are not kept on upon qualification. Under new statutory disciplinary and dismissal regulations which came into force on Friday (1 October), when an employee is dismissed a three-stage procedure must be followed by the employer. […]

Ex-Cisco legal head takes Flextronics job

Cisco’s former UK legal head Alfred Farha has resurfaced at the world’s largest technology industry contract manufacturer Flextronics. Farha left Cisco in the summer after choosing not to relocate to the networking giant’s US headquarters. Previously he worked at Unisys. He has been named European general counsel of Flextronics. He will be officially based in […]

Lupicinio Eversheds in double Spanish link-up

Eversheds’ Spanish alliance partner Lupicinio Eversheds has tied up with two niche practices. The firm has struck up strategic alliances – intended as a precursor to a full merger – with Madrid’s Gervás Salas & Asociados and Barcelona outfit Miró Costart Abogados. Gervás specialises in insurance and reinsurance and also runs a brokerage practice, while […]

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