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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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Inland Revenue appeal

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In brief: Firms unprepared for computer crashes

Half of the UK’s law firms have no recovery plan if their computer systems fail, according to a new survey. IT Southern, the business technology arm of Southern Water Group, says 30 per cent of practices have had a least one system crash in the last four weeks. It says out of those firms which […]

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Peter Lane’s continued involvement in Green Form is a reminder to the authorities that their vision of an ideal free aid and advice service has yet to be realised. Nobody now denies that the system, reliant upon the honesty of the solicitors who use it, has been exploited in ways ranging from clear fraud to […]

Lawyers slam DoE liability plan

LAWYERS have universally rejected a proposal to introduce a “sole liability” rule for construction projects which suffer from inherent building defects. City firms, the Law Society and the Bar roundly condemned the idea in a consultation exercise by the Department of the Environment. The exercise aims to produce a set of clauses governing how claims […]

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