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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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Bar Council under fire over ageism proposals

Proposals by two Bar Council committees to ban discrimination against pupil and tenant applicants on grounds of age have been slammed as “unworkable” by the Commercial Bar Association (Combar). The proposal, included in a report by the bar’s professional standards and equal opportunities committees, says that anecdotal evidence shows that a substantial number of chambers […]

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Dorsey & Whitney has appointed Nadeem Khan (right) to set up a property department in its London office. Khan joins from Bird & Bird, where he was involved in development, outsourcing, PFI and high-profile sale and purchase transactions. Dorsey & Whitney is one of the few US firms to have set up a property department […]

Equitable boss shown to be New Labour donor

Newly-available information from the Electoral Commission reveals that political donations for this quarter include a contribution by Equitable Life’s new chairman Vanni Treves. Quarterly submissions from the political parties show that Macfarlanes partner Treves donated £1,600 to the Labour Party on 3 March 2001. The donation came nearly three weeks after his appointment at Equitable. […]

Non fee-earner wins SJ Berwin partnership

SJ Berwin has taken the unusual step of appointing a non fee-earning partner. Head of knowledge management Simon Witney has been promoted to the partnership along with six other fee-earners in London. Witney became the firm’s first head of knowledge management in January 2000. He was previously a fee-earner in corporate finance. Witney says: “This […]

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