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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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There's no smoke without fire

However frivolous an action may at first appear, when the likes of David Pannick QC are drafted in someone is taking it very seriously. Such was the case with a recent battle waged in the Queen’s Bench Division over the rights of British Rail to ban a long-haul commuter, Peter Boddington, from smoking on a […]

Title schemes endanger jobs

Solicitor Brian Marson warns that if solicitors expect to be paid something by lender clients they could well lose conveyancing work altogether (“Are we pricing ourselves out?” The Lawyer 6 August). It really is rather demeaning to suggest that any labourer (including a solicitor) is not worth his or her hire. I sometimes wonder whether […]

In brief: Schroders appoints group legal director

Blue chip merchant bank Schroders has recruited in-house lawyer James Watkins from shipping company Trafalgar House, which was recently taken over by Norwegian group Kvaerner. Watkins, 50, will be group legal director at Schroders, a post he held at Trafalgar House. He was articled with Linklaters & Paines and qualified as a solicitor in 1969. […]

Investigator falls foul of data law

Alison Laferia reports In the first case of its kind, the Data Protection Registrar has brought a successful prosecution for unlawfully obtaining and selling personal data. The case concerned a part-time private investigator who was convicted last month of procuring the disclosure of personal data and selling the information in contravention of the Data Protection […]

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