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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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Litigation Recent Decisions 23/01/96

Directions where action transferred from High Court Tarry v Humberclyde Finance and KF Kirby (Harboro) (Third Party) and JI Case (Europe) (Fourth Party) (1996). CA (Sir Thomas Bingham MR, Waite LJ and Otton LJ) 12/1/96. Summary: Automatic directions in the county court do not apply to an action which was commenced in the High Court […]

IBA chair rules out vision of united Euro legal profession

EUROPE will never see a united legal profession and will retain local Bar associations, says the president of the International Bar Association. Professor Ross Harper, addressing the Barcelona Bar Association last week about the future of a “Bar for Europe”, acknowledged the chance of common commercial law but stressed the importance of keeping domestic and […]

Masons IT head chairs conference

The Lawyer eighth annual information systems conference takes place on 27 and 28 February at the London Marriott Hotel. The conference is being chaired by Martin Telfer, director of IT at Masons, and is sponsored by Novell and Axxia Systems. Day one of the conference will focus on internal management issues, systems implementation and the […]

DEC support service aims to cut costs for small firms

Helen Sage reports A survey commissioned by computer giant Digital Equipment has discovered that the average PC user encounters around 17 computer problems each month. Assuming each problem takes one hour to solve, the average user in the legal profession is spending two-and-a-half days per month fixing computer problems, the equivalent to approximately £1.5 billion […]

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