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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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Druces adds to insolvency and property

City commercial firm Druces & Attlee has recruited two partners to boost its insolvency and commercial property departments. Insolvency partner Tim Bignell joins the practice from Kent-based Argles & Court, which completed a tripartite merger at the beginning of November to form one of the top five firms in the region. Bignell was head of […]

One in three firms seek LLP status

A growing number of law firms are considering forming limited liability partnerships (LLPs), according to a survey carried out by legal accountants Smith & Williamson. The survey shows 37 per cent of firms across the country are considering ways of limiting partners’ liability, of which almost 90 per cent say they will choose to form […]

More chaos for Scottish courts

The Scottish courts have been thrown into even deeper crisis by the Lord Advocate’s decision to suspend huge numbers of Justices of the Peace from hearing trials. About 80 JPs – around 10 per cent of the total in Scotland – will not be allowed to hear cases from today due to fears that their […]

LCD Agency To Be Broken Up

A Lord Chancellor’s Department-run agency which handles billions of pounds for mentally incapacitated people may be broken up following a damning report by independent investigators. Senior civil servant, Ann Chant, who headed the quinquennial review, says the Public Trust Office has not come up to scratch in terms of efficiency and performance in client services […]

Allen & Overy and Baker & McKenzie win new work at Legal Monte Carlo '99

Banking giant ING Barings is on the verge of instructing Allen & Overy’s Frankfurt office for the first time ever after meeting a representative of the firm at Legal Monte Carlo ’99. Sarah Whitehead, director and assistant general counsel at ING Barings says: “We are seeking advice on listing debts in Frankfurt from Allen & […]

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