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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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Cow attack partner sues successfully

WRAGGE & Co insurance litigation partner David Birch has won a pay-out of almost u45,000 after he was attacked and trampled by a herd of cows. Birch last month won the pay-out from the insurance company NFU Mutual after the incident on a gated road in Northamptonshire in 1991. The company, which defended the action […]

Employed barristers set for top posts

EMPLOYED barristers have won the right to stand for election to the Bar Council posts of vice-chairman and chairman after a widely-supported vote for constitutional change. The change could also lead to the Bar having its first employed chairman in around two years from now, in the form of Michael Blair, head of policy and […]

Boodles votes for cutbacks

THREE partners are among the casualties of a job cutting programme announced by City firm Boodle Hatfield. The step was taken after a vote among its equity partners – one of whom is a victim of the job losses. But managing Partner Edward Sutherland insists the departure of the three partners, along with six other […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Catherine Berney

BT: charges for use of lines No declaratory relief when no cause of action Summary: Court will not grant declaratory relief where there is no dispute or cause of action between the parties. Defendants’ appeal against refusal by the Commercial Court to strike out the plaintiffs’ claim for declarations as to licensing charges for use […]

Biddles splits top posts as Johnson bows out

BIDDLE & CO senior and managing partner Hugh Johnson has announced plans to hand over the firm’s leadership to younger blood with a brief to revamp the IT system. Johnson will relinquish his managing partner position, held since 1982, in June this year and his senior partner post in June 1996, when he will retire. […]

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