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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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Property

Norton Rose represented Helical Bar on the sale of 200 Hammersmith Road, London to Mercury Asset Management No 1 for £30m. The 66,000sq ft area is being utilised for the redevelopment of the West London Hospital site. Helical Bar will continue to develop the site while the buyer will fund construction. Property partner Jonathan Ody […]

Freshfields fails to win majority Bruckhaus vote

Freshfields is blaming poor communication between partners at Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Laber for its failure to approve the merger of the firms, say insider sources. In a preliminary partnership vote on the weekend of 15 April, only two thirds of the largest domestic legal practice in Germany’s partners elected for merger with Freshfields, as revealed […]

Dirty business

A year after the National Criminal Intelligence Service criticised law firms for their lack of awareness over money laundering, David Wigan reports on what the profession is doing about its poor record for detecting dirty money When it comes to money laundering the problem is that few lawyers are 100 per cent sure what it […]

A View From Australia

In the Olympic year, the Australian economy is thriving and corporate activity is at an all time high. As a consequence, Australian lawyers are in great demand. However, not all Australian firms are riding this wave. Whereas in the past a large number of firms shared the legal work, a small number of firms have […]

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