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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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SOUTH Holland Council’s legal section merges with its finance department at the end of the month as the authority divides up into business units. The Lincolnshire council is undertaking a wholesale re-organisation in the run up to the tendering of white collar services, although legal work will not be contracted out. Conveyancing and litigation was […]

Property lawyers move on to fresh pastures

FORMER Freshfields partner Ian Fisher has defected to West End firm Fladgate Fielder saying the move will allow him more scope to pursue his institutional property speciality. Fisher was a partner for 15 years in City-based Freshfields’ commercial property department, but says he feels domestic institutional work was being marginalised there. In a second commercial […]

Appeal Court side-stepped case, claims Woods' lawyer

THE SIXTEEN-year saga of Peggy Wood’s fight for justice has finally ended amid claims that the Court of Appeal “side-stepped the issue”. Wood hoped to establish that the Law Society owed a duty of care when investigating complaints against solicitors. But the Court of Appeal last week threw out the case on the grounds that […]

In brief: Solicitor takes McKennas to tribunal

Former McKenna & Co solicitor Eileen Herlihy is due to claim unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination at an industrial tribunal hearing scheduled for this week. The case is listed to be heard at the Whittington House tribunal court in London. McKenna & Co says it is vigorously contesting the case and is ready to go […]

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