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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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Where house sales are property of solicitors

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SIF fees hike after £248m shortfall

Contributions to the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) may rise by 30 per cent following the discovery that previous contributions have been underestimated to the tune of £248m. The SIF admitted last week that it had failed to collect sufficient contributions from members over the past seven years, leaving it with a huge deficit. The admission […]

In brief: Retrospective legal insurance for NI

The first after-the-event insurance scheme, LawAssist, is being launched in Northern Ireland by Greystoke Legal Services this week. The launch coincides with a seminar on the future of legal costs insurance at the Law Society of Northern Ireland in Belfast this Wednesday.

Eversheds exodus in Leeds reshuffle

Eversheds’ Leeds office has suffered a spate of departures from its ranks of senior litigators, who have left to join rival firms in Leeds. Six solicitors, all said to be big billers, have left or handed in their notice at the firm. Three of them have joined the Leeds office of Irwin Mitchell. James Love […]

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