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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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Arnold & Porter boosts IP focus

THE LONDON office of Washington DC firm Arnold & Porter is taking on the founder of the intellectual property (IP) department at Nicholson Graham & Jones. Sarah Kirk specialises in non-contentious IP and IT work, focusing on commercial IP/IT agreements relating to e-commerce, data protection, outsourcing and corporate deal support. At Nicholson Graham & Jones […]

Captain Cooke

Michael Pescod’s successor as had of M&A Stephen Cooke is Slaughter & May’s new golden boy. But don’t ask his about management What a difference two years makes. In February 1999, a recent recruit to The Lawyer sat down to lunch with Stephen Cooke’s predecessor at Slaughter and May. The reporter was fresh from reporting […]

Corporate

Billiton agrees on $28bn (£19.57bn) dual-listed company merger with BHP to form BHP Billiton. Billiton advised by Linklaters & Alliance (Charlie Jacobs) and Freehills. BHP advised by Slaughter and May and Allens Arthur Robinson. Vattenfall, the Swedish power company, agrees a three-year contract to handle Electricity Direct’s trading and risk management services with an estimated […]

Rough trade?

There is little in the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) report that should come as a surprise to the bar. Although dressed up in the language of competition and market regulation, the central question posed is whether a single business structure should continue to be the sole vehicle by which barristers are able to offer […]

Reaching the peak

Andrew Fritchie has scaled one of the world’s highest peaks, but that’s nothing compared to his latest challenge. Vanessa Pawsey meets a lawyer who is taking his company to the heights of the stock exchange ThE assertion “think global, act local” could quite easily have been made with financial services software company Marlborough Stirling in […]

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