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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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Walker Morris announces partner and director promotions in key growth areas

Walker Morris has announced that it will be promoting two partners and eight directors this year. The new partners have been named as Andrew Northage and Jules Harbage. The promotion of Northage is the third senior appointment to the regulatory and compliance team in six months. He specialises in a range of regulatory issues, including […]

Post-termination restrictions: how useful is a stick without a carrot?

In a recovering economy, in order to grow business and gain a commercial edge many companies may look to recruit key employees directly from their competitors. Such employees will undoubtedly be aware of an abundance of commercially sensitive information. In that context, restricting the post-termination activities of employees is a necessary part of the business […]

Romania announces new financial supervisory authority

In December 2012, the government issued an emergency ordinance for the creation, organisation and functioning of a financial supervisory authority (FSA). The FSA replaces the existing authorities supervising capital markets (the National Securities Commission), insurance (the Insurance Supervisory Commission) and pensions (the Private Pensions System Supervisory Commission). The FSA will take over all the rights […]

Conyers Dill & Pearman advises banks and lenders on senior-secured credit facility

Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised ING Bank, and other banks and lenders, in relation to the establishment of a senior-secured $1.45bn (£934m) credit facility. The credit facility involves, among others, Seadrill Tellus, Seadrill Auriga and Seadrill Vela as joint and several borrowers; Seadrill as parent and guarantor; and certain banks and financial institutions as […]

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