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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 backs multi-party actions

Roger Pearson says a failed attempt to derail two class actions could have major implications for similar cases in the future. Moves which could have resulted either in the striking out of two major High Court damages actions over leaks from a chemical factory or in their being swept into the relative obscurity of a […]

Simmons chief job in doubt

Simmons & Simmons has brought forward the next election for its chief executive, amid growing speculation about the future of current post-holder, Alan Morris. Morris told The Lawyer that the firm had decided to go back to holding the election for the three-year post at the end of the financial year in April, rather than […]

Marketing versus selling

With reference to Graham Irwin’s article ‘ Market your firm for the future’ (The Lawyer, 2 December 1997), I would like as a marketing consultant specialising in the marketing of legal practices to make three comments: 1 ‘Many solicitors are still coming to terms with the idea of marketing their services…’ Firms of all sizes […]

Rowe & Maw lawyers spurn CC and elect to stay put

Rowe & Maw has won its battle for the hearts and minds of three corporate partners who were on the point of joining Clifford Chance. Last month, The Lawyer revealed that highly rated partners Paul Maher and Simon Baxter had resigned from the firm. Two other partners – Andrew Copley and Peter Dickinson – were […]

In brief: Solicitor struck off for stealing £500,000

A crooked solicitor who committed “the worst kind of systematic abuse of clients” by stealing nearly #500,000 of their money has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. For five years Richard Martin, of Webster Butcher & Johnson of Balham in London, transferred huge amounts of client cash to office accounts. The Solicitors Compensation […]

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