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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 […]

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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 […]

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Rail regulator John Swift QC is leaving his controversial post to return to his former set as head of chambers. Swift, who was head-hunted for the five year tenure as rail regulator, will take up his new post at Monckton Chambers in January. Monckton Chambers is a premier European Union and competition law set with […]

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