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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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PLP guide to community care 'labyrinth'

THE PUBLIC Law Project (PLP) has put together a briefing document to lead lawyers through the “legal labyrinth” of community care. The guide may mean that more unlawful local authority decisions are challenged. Experts in public law say the “loose legal framework” of community care will inevitably spawn potential challenges. The Community Care Act 1990 […]

DERIVATIVE CASES

IN the US the recent filing of cases by Gibson Greeting Cards and Procter & Gamble against Bankers Trust, for damages suffered from derivative products, implies that derivative instrument cases require expert testimony. However, my experience of derivative instrument litigation is that technical issues that arise in these cases are not impenetrable. As in other […]

Lawyers jailed for passport scam

TWO lawyers have been jailed for running a sophisticated passport racket giving Hong Kong Chinese a new life in the West. Barrister Paul Samrai and solicitor James Walker charged u40,000 a time for forging documents that “proved” their customers were entitled to British citizenship. At Southwark Crown Court, Judge Gerald Butler QC jailed each of […]

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Crisis over recruitment

The profession is facing a serious issue which the members of the Council of the Law Society continue to ignore. Thousands of students who have passed solicitors’ finals or the LPC have been unable to secure articles. The society’s own research shows that it is extremely difficult to find articles. White people have only a […]

Firms vie for roads scheme work

A HANDFUL of heavyweight law firms are gearing themselves up for the next phase of the battle for the Government’s prized privately financed road schemes. Baker & McKenzie, McKen-na & Co, Linklaters & Paines, Freshfields and Scottish firm McGrigor Donald are all acting for consortia which have won places on a shortlist to submit tenders […]

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