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Latest Briefings

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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Linklaters appoints first Managing Partner for Asia

Andrew Roberts, a Linklaters partner with years of experience working in Asia, will oversee the management of Linklaters’ five offices in the area – Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shangai, Singapore and Tokyo. Roberts, who will be based in Singapore, will co-ordinate regional marketing and resourcing initiatives to promote Linklaters’ corporate and finance practices in the region. […]

Property

Field Fisher Waterhouse acted for the Deutsche UK Retail Property Fund on its acquisition of Greenwich Industrial Estate from Phillips Pension Fund. Paul Houston, property partner at Field Fisher, headed a three-strong team on the deal, including head of institutional property John Pedder. Bird & Bird advised Phillips Pension Fund.

Quote of the week

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is perhaps…” – Denton Wilde Sapte making use of Winston Churchill’s words to proclaim its merger that took effect this week.

Slaughters acts in Blue Circle battle

Slaughter and May is being thrown into the fray to defend Blue Circle against a hostile takeover bid from French firm Lafarge. Blue Circle is fighting off a £3.4bn debt and equity bid from the buildings materials business, which the UK cement maker has condemned as “unsolicited and unwelcome”. William Underhill, corporate partner at Slaughters, […]

Macfarlanes wins work on £1bn French takeover

Macfarlanes has scooped a new client – and a £1bn deal. Macfarlanes has been chosen by Compagnie de Saint -Gobain, a French building materials supplier, to handle its bid for UK company Meyer International. The French company usually uses Slaughter and May for its UK legal work. Slaughters has not missed out on the cross-border […]

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