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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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Julia Cahill investigates the new-look PFI scheme being introduced across the NHS For any project finance lawyers with an idle moment to fill this summer, a recent report available on the Unison website might make interesting reading. ‘The PFI Experience, Voices from the Frontline’ is a collection of accounts given by staff working in nine […]

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With the media and the Govt aiming boots at the fat cats, industry is going to have to radically improve self-regulation if it wants to avoid legislation. Richard Yeomans reports The media, shareholders and the Government have become increasingly critical of ‘golden parachutes’ for directors who are perceived to have failed. Take the case of […]

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Following the UK Government’s rejection of proposals by a House of Commons select committee that it should legislate on privacy, a judge in New Zealand has asked the New Zealand parliament to create a new privacy law. In the case of Hosking v Runting, involving unauthorised pictures that were taken of a New Zealand TV […]

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