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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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High Court nips prison action in bud

Roger Pearson reports on Home Office moves which put a stop to prison officers holding mass meetings over pay offers. Once again the High Court has shown its ability to move at breakneck speed and, if necessary, to cut across the boundaries of the court divisions. On 6 November, the Prison Officers Association (POA) rejected […]

In brief: Young Solicitors' Group to host stress seminar

The Young Solicitors’ Group has invited 300 senior partners to its Spotlight on Stress and your Bottom Line seminar on Tuesday 15 December at the Law Society, Chancery Lane. Law Society deputy vice-president Kamlesh Bahl will chair the seminar.

Rowe & Maw recruits Garretts' banking head

Rowe & Maw has boosted its financial services team by hiring Garretts’ head of banking. Peter Richards-Carpenter is the second Garretts partner – after EC and trade law specialist Philip Ruttley – to join the firm in the past month. Rowe & Maw’s hiring spree – the firm is also taking on corporate partner Nicola […]

Govt moves to strengthen offshore rules

A Home Office report on the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man has recommended that local legislatures make disclosure of financial information by companies obligatory. The Edwards Review of Financial Regulation in the Crown Dependencies, released last week, stated that “there is a case for further legislation to prevent potential abuses by settlers and […]

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