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Latest Legal News

Latest Legal News

The Smith Report: Devolution Evolution

The Smith Commission has today published its final report containing proposals for further devolution to the Scottish Parliament.  These represent heads of agreement between the five main parties in Holyrood, taking into account the numerous submissions by civic society and the general public. 

The main recommendations in the Smith report cover finances, social justice and the constitution:

Finances

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Sentencing Guidelines: Coming to a Court Near You Soon

Difficult and life-changing decisions are made every day by those responsible for sentencing in our courts. Yet, in recent years, there has been increasing demand from both the government and public for greater transparency and consistency in relation to sentencing.

On 13 November, a Consultation process opened in relation to the Sentencing Council’s proposals for a new system of sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter, health and safety and food safety and hygiene offences in England and Wales. The Consultation remains open for responses until 18 February 2015.

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Renewable UK 2014 - Manchester

Billed and recognised as the UK’s premier renewable energy event, a team from Burness Paull were in attendance at Renewable UK in Manchester last week. The flagship event covering onshore and offshore wind, wave & tidal energy and small & medium wind systems was attended by around 4,500 delegates, housed 250 exhibitors and heard from around 190 speakers.

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