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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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Case of the week

The estate of Francis Bacon is suing his former gallery, claiming that it exploited him. Malborough Fine Art is accused of having undervalued Bacon’s work and then benefiting from their sale. The estate claims that 33 works painted between 1972 and 1981 do not feature in any accounts supplied by the gallery which, it is […]

Sector Insight Insurance

Practising law in the insurance sector is akin to working on a conveyer belt – settle one piece of work and another appears at the beginning of the line. In an industry which is widely recognised as being one of the heaviest users of legal services, specifically for low cost litigation claims work, it is […]

Piper takes 17 lawyers from Gordon

US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius is changing its partnership structure so that senior solicitors can take a stake in the firm sooner. The Philadelphia-based firm, which has more than 300 partners worldwide, is introducing a two-tier partnership with salaried as well as equity partners. Tom Sharbaugh, the firm’s international managing partner for operations, says […]

Woman Lawyer Forum drops Bahl as she quits Law Society

Kamlesh Bahl has stood down as chair of a panel discussion at the Woman Lawyer Forum on 1 April. But a source who is speaking at the event tells The Lawyer that Bahl’s invitation was withdrawn when she was suspended from the Law Society. Bahl, who last week resigned as vice-president of the Law Society, […]

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