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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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Common investment is sweet charity

Solicitors involved with smaller charities should consider common investment funds to make the most of the money they raise, argues Garon Watkins. Garon Watkins is director of the charities division at Lazard Asset Management. What are the options available to those solicitors confronted with issues of charity investment management? They will be aware that charities […]

Globalisation will kill off equal pay

Merit-based compensation will replace lock-step as firms go international, writes Jeffrey Gordon. Jeffrey Gordon is a partner at US firm Mayer Brown & Platt. Most big-firm lawyers regard lock-step compensation, where all partners of equal seniority receive equal pay, as the most desirable compensation system for a law firm – if the firm can afford […]

New kids on the block get tough

Big companies are becoming sophisticated buyers of legal services. Stronger relationships between clients and firms and tighter control of costs, has resulted in a virtual freezing of firms’ fees. Such developments promise to make the next recession much tougher than the last for law firms. The reason for this, as testified by the success of […]

Insurers not too keen on lawyers

My firm specialises in CPD legal training. With the furore over opting out of SIF, we approached Lloyds to undertake a course discussing opt-out options. I am strongly in favour of opting out, but my discussions with the insurance industry were eye-opening. I have seen little evidence of in-depth investigation as to alternative costs and […]

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