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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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Manches & Co acted for French institution Bail Investissement, part of ISM Group, in its acquisition of the 92,000 sq ft Templar House, High Holborn WC1, from Provident Mutual for around £33 million – its largest UK property investment. Herbert Smith acted for the vendors.

One Step too far

Martin Mears is probably entitled to feel sore following September’s Law Society Council meeting. After wining and dining selected Council members who promised to support his veto of the pay-off to Solicitors Complaints Bureau head Veronica Lowe if the item was moved into the private afternoon section, the council let him down. As vice-president Robert […]

Royal Life faces court action

Two-partner Cambridge firm Ritchie Samuel is handling a writ against insurance giant Royal Life and four other defendants in connection with an alleged advance fee fraud. Other defendants include two Royal Life employees and Paul Khan, managing director of XLNC, a Stoke-on-Trent financial services firm. The action of Ritchie Samuel’s clients, former restaurant owners Mr […]

Nicholsons merger aims to broaden practice strengths

The ‘East meets West’ merger between City firm Nicholson Graham & Jones and Mayfair-based Brecher & Co became reality on 10 October, creating a 46-partner, top-40 firm with an expected combined turnover of £16 million this year. The Brecher name will be lost with the new firm retaining the name of Nicholson Graham & Jones. […]

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