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Latest Briefings

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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College of Law aims to attract state school pupils into law

The College of Law and social mobility charity the Sutton Trust have donated £1.5m to a scheme to attract nonpublic-school-educated people into the law. Called ‘Pathways to Law,’ the project has been established in response to research commissioned by the Sutton Trust last year, which revealed that former public school pupils continue to dominate the […]

A&O secures rare win for Macquarie

Hats off to Macquarie for trumping its rivals on the bid for Thames Water, and hats off to Allen & Overy old hand Alan Paul for keeping the Australian bank in the fold. (See the full story.) Macquarie has used all sorts of law firms during the past couple of years, so A&O will be […]

Grapevine

Slaughter and May senior partner Tim Clark is a cunning chap. On the face of it, he’s presided over a firm that has shrunk its global reach over the past decade: it has closed in New York and downsized massively in Paris, transferring its French-qualified lawyers to Bredin Prat. But behind the scenes, Clark has […]

Bakers handed Unilever IP work

Unilever has continued the wide-ranging overhaul of its internal legal team with a groundbreaking outsourcing deal that will see Baker & McKenzie handle the company’s entire trademark portfolio. As first reported by The Lawyer (18 September), the Anglo-Dutch conglomerate is seeking to slash its legal bills after a re-evaluation of the way it works with […]

International Eye: Asia

UK firms enjoy Chinese market expansion Good news for UK firms looking to beef up in the Far East. Exclusive research by The Lawyer Global 100 (full report out 30 October) reveals that UK firms are the most successful in terms of increasing their representation in China. While Baker & McKenzie remains the largest foreign […]

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