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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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Developer in High Court claim

Property developer Wessex and City (Dover) is taking Dover Harbour Board to the High Court over cancellation of a joint venture. Wessex is suing the board for fees of £20,000 it claims the board agreed to pay if it pulled out of the deal. Wessex says it lodged a planning application for land at Marine […]

C&I group relaunches as limited company

The Law Society’s Commerce & Industry group (C&I) plans to abolish its traditional committee system and relaunch itself as a limited company run by an executive. The move is aimed at giving the C&I group’s in-house lawyers greater independence from Law Society control. C&I chairman Edward Smethurst says: “Our members pay £400-plus for their practising […]

Taking control of the world's biggest firm

Christine Lagarde is taking over one of the biggest jobs in the profession at an interesting time. She is taking control of Baker & McKenzie at a time when its position as global number one is set to face its biggest ever challenge from the merged superfirms. Having a network of offices is one thing […]

Getting on course to the right destination

Mapping out a career in the law can be both confusing and expensive. Alison Laferla investigates the routes available and how much they are likely to set you back. Most people tend to think of lawyers as one of two things – rich, successful Ally McBeal types or pompous old duffers in wigs and gowns. […]

Doughty Street wins Bar Pro Bono Award

Doughty Street Chambers has been awarded the 1999 Pro Bono Award at the Bar Council’s annual conference. Doughty Street has a track record of working on Privy Council death row cases. It has acted for families at inquests such as that into the death of Joy Gardner, advised the defendants in the McDonald’s libel case, […]

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