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Parliamentary group proposes a Financial Services Tribunal

Kevin Hollinrake MP (Co-Chair of the APPG on Fair Business Banking) has published his report titled “Fair Business Banking for All: How to improve access to justice for businesses in financial services disputes” (the Report). Following the APPG’s responses to the FCA’s consultation on expanding the FOS’s jurisdiction (CP18/3), the Report sets out various recommendations […]

Draft legislative proposal introduces a minimum price for CO2

The Dutch government has published a draft legislative proposal for consultation that introduces a minimum price for CO2. The minimum price is introduced by way of a tax levied on electricity producers. The tax is levied per ton of CO2 emission. In the proposal, the tax rate per ton CO2 is calculated each year as […]

Adoption of unregistered land as highway

By Paul Weeks Unregistered land in unknown ownership can cause a headache on development and the extent of the issue will often depend upon what the land is needed for…

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The Brussels and Lugano Conventions set out a code dealing with jurisdiction issues between the courts of member states of the European Union and EFTA. The general rule under these conventions is that a plaintiff must sue a defendant in the defendant’s home court. One of the exceptions to this rule is article 8(2), which […]

Solicitors vote for boost to pro bono

Leading lawyers have voted to set up a pro bono group to boost the amount of pro bono work being carried out by the profession. The decision was made at a meeting of lawyers organised by charity lawyer Andrew Phillips and backed by the Law Society and the charity Business in the Community. The make-up […]

Students converge on Graduate Law Fair

“WHAT is a set of chambers?” was one of a barrage of questions fired at exhibitors at the Graduate Law Fair by enthusiastic lawyers-to-be. More than 4,000 students interested in the law flocked to the fair, which was held at the Barbican and organised by The Lawyer. Some were so keen to get an edge […]

First Russian judges arrive for UK fact-finding missions

A group of top Russian judges has arrived in London for a two-week study tour of the UK judicial system. Headed by the chair of the Supreme Court of Russia, the group of 11 judges are on a fact-finding mission in preparation for a reform of the Russian judicial system. The tour is expected to […]

Not barred – just ineligible

I write in response to the report carried in The Lawyer (5 November) under the byline of Backstabber. While the report correctly states that the media was not permitted to attend the general meeting of the International Bar Association, which last month elected Dianna Kempe QC as secretary-general, in claiming that a “strict press exclusion […]

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