Update on Legal Privilege

A couple of recent court rulings have produced new issues for lawyers advising their clients about professional legal privilege with regard to internal investigations.  Whereas up until recently legal privilege has protected communications between clients and lawyers for litigations that are both in progress and contemplation, the court cases of Serious Fraud Office v. Eurasian […]

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HSE’s Training Guidance Changes for First Aid Courses

The Health and Safety Executive have recently amended their First Aid at Work training guidance, bringing in improvements to content, and recommending more modern teaching styles. The main changes are: The introduction of blended learning as an accepted method of first aid training delivery. This allows a combination of both online digital media and traditional […]

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New Penalties for Using a Mobile Phone while Driving – What does it mean for business?

On 1st March 2017, changes were made to penalties regarding the use of mobile phones while driving. Since 2003 it has been illegal to use a handheld device while driving, but now the penalties have doubled. If you’re caught using a mobile phone while driving, whether that’s to call, text, look up a new route, or […]

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PPE Regulation Changes – The Basics

The law on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is changing. The new PPE Regulation will reflect changes in how PPE is developed, produced and sold, and will affect everyone in the PPE industry – including manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers. Although full enforcement of the PPE Regulation won’t take place until April 2018, following a two-year transition […]

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2016 Sentencing Guidelines Update

On the 1st of February 2016, the new Sentencing Guidelines for corporate manslaughter, health & safety, food hygiene and food safety offenses came into effect. The introduction of the guidelines from the Sentencing Council is undoubtedly going to lead to increased fines being imposed on organisations, and increased custodial sentences for individuals. It is important […]

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Asbestos and the CDM 2015 Regulations

Due to the shift in responsibilities under the new CDM Regulations, there is a potential duty for the Principal Designer and the client to ensure that exposure to asbestos is being managed throughout a construction project. In the HSE guidance on the new CDM Regulations it places more explicit requirements on duty holders to follow […]

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