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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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Gomez-Acebo signs former Endesa CFO

Spanish independent firm Gomez-Acebo & Pombo has brought in the former chief financial officer of energy giant Endesa as a part-time consultant. José Luis Palomo will join the firm’s advisory board, working three days a week. He quit Endesa in the summer after a 16-year stint at the company. The firm will use his experience […]

Nominet plans to slash expert fees

UK domain name registrar Nominet is considering changes to its dispute resolution policy that could see it reduce fees by more than two-thirds for its expert decision service. An expert decision costs the claimant £750, whether the claim is contested or not. But now Nominet is considering lowering that fee to £200 if the other […]

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It is somewhat disheartening that out of the 100-odd law firms in the City, only three managed to secure places on The Times‘ ‘Top 50 Places for Women to Work’ list released last week. The chosen firms – Addleshaw Goddard, Clifford Chance and Eversheds – may have made the list, but like most of their […]

London must stop over-regulating conflicts

Imagine this: MegaCo needs greater resources so it can expand. It decides to pursue a dual strategy – it will invite offers, but at the same time it will prepare for an IPO. It instructs MediumFirm on the possible sale and BigFirm on the IPO. Voracious Inc wants to buy MegaCo. It asks BigFirm, its […]

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