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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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Channel 4's Trial and Error vindicated

Channel 4’s victory in a libel case will mitigate programme makers fears of police libel threats, writes Roger Pearson. DJ Freeman has won a significant victory for Channel 4, while the Police Federation has been left with an estimated legal costs bill of up to #2m, in a case where Channel 4 was sued by […]

Italy faces court action by EC over lawyers' aptitude tests. By Keith Nuthall

THE EUROPEAN Commission is threatening to take Italy to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for making it too difficult for foreign lawyers to practise Italian law there. The commission has written to the Italian government accusing it of breaching a longstanding EU directive, requiring member states to allow foreign lawyers to practise the states’ […]

In brief: Hammond Suddards hires European academic

Hammond Suddards has appointed Professor David O’Keefe as counsel on European affairs. Professor of European Law at University College London, O’Keefe was previously counsel at Coudert Brothers’ Brussels office.

Freshfields opens office in Italian capital

Freshfields has opened an office in Rome, as predicted last week in The Lawyer. The new office consists of six lawyers, all of whom are Italian qualified except the partner in charge, Neil Faulkner, who has transferred from London. It is Freshfields’ seventh office on the continent, bringing its total world coverage to 17 offices […]

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