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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

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Mallesons appoints chair as partner quits

Leading Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jacques has appointed a new chairperson from inside the firm, while its key corporate partner John Atkin has moved on to become the managing partner of rival Blake Dawson Waldron. Robyn Chalmers, who has been a partner at Mallesons since 1984, will succeed David Hoare who has served for six […]

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BA opts for Addleshaws in clear signal to panel firms

Legal director Walsh aims for increased competition between external advisers British Airways (BA) has appointed Addleshaw Booth & Co as a corporate and commercial adviser in a move aimed at increasing competition between its existing panel firms.The decision to add an extra firm was prompted in part by the problems facing the travel industry before […]

ADR Chambers mediates Merrill Lynch/Unilever case

An out-of-court settlement reached on Thursday (6 December) between Merrill Lynch and Unilever’s pension fund was mediated by a member of ADR Chambers in Taunton. The dispute was over Merrill Lynch Investment Managers’ (MLIM) handling of £1bn of Unilever’s money in 1997 and early 1998. Details of the settlement are unlikely to be made public.The […]

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