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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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Freshfields defeats Competition Commission

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Co-op ABS plans to create thousands of legal jobs

The Co-operative Group has unveiled plans to create 3,000 jobs in the legal sector as it aims to revolutionise how legal services are delivered on the high street. The SRA approved the group’s plans to convert Cooperative Legal Services (CLS) to an alternative business structure in March (28 March 2012). Today, the company said it […]

Gide defies gloomy forecast with double launch in Dubai, Abu Dhabi

Leading French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel will launch two new offices in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week, opening simultaneously in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The firm will open with 10 lawyers split equally between the two new offices, with Casablanca and Paris partners Sami Fakhoury?and?Yassir ­Ghorbal leading the Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices […]

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Hammonds to trim 20 from its partnership

Hammonds is to cut up to 20 partners as part of a sweeping review that will see the firm’s partnership reduced by more than 10 per cent. The firm is blaming poor economic conditions for the cuts. It is understood that negotiations are already underway. Managing partner Peter Crossley (pictured) said: “We’ve been reviewing partner […]

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