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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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A European court ruling on the right to remain silent could open the floodgates for appeal cases, writes Ben Emmerson QC. Ben Emmerson QC is a tenant at Matrix Chambers and acted on behalf of Liberty.

A case brought by the human rights organisation Liberty has led to a defeat for the Government at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. The case centred on William and Karen Condron, who were convicted of supplying drugs in 1995 and sentenced to four years each in jail. The case concerned the legislation […]

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