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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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QC deadline day prompts bar complaints

The deadline for QC applications closed on Monday (January 29) prompting a barrage of complaints from harrassed barristers struggling to meet the tight deadline. The QC appointments committee today kicks off the next stage with professional conduct checks and references sought from judges and arbitrators for all applicants. Applicants felt “hard done by” due to […]

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Simmons & Simmons’ brand new Amsterdam office has wasted no time in hiring its first lateral partner. Equity and Capital Markets (ECM) partner Daphne Brinkhuis joins the five-partner office from local firm Houthoff Buruma where she was head of banking. Brinkhuis also spent eight years in the ECM practice at Clifford Chance before moving to […]

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The Lawyer‘s groundbreaking survey by YouGov revealed that 54 per cent of women surveyed believe that associate retention is one of the most important issues facing the profession. And the way to retain them? Women, far more than their male colleagues, overwhelmingly favoured alternative career paths and flexible working. See story. So hats off to […]

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