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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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US firm WilmerHale has bolstered its London investigations and criminal litigation practice with the hire of Kingsley Napley big-hitter Stephen Pollard. Pollard joined Kingsley Napley in 1989 before being made partner in 1990. In his 22-year stint at the firm he worked on a number of high-profile cases, including advising former Barings trader Nick Leeson […]

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A&O posts 11 per cent revenue hike at half-way point

Allen & Overy’s (A&O) turnover is up 11 per cent at the half-year stage, with the firm raking in £582m compared with £526m at the mid-way point of 2010-11. According to the firm, its practices in Australia, France, Germany, Indonesia and Washington DC put in strong performances. “The results were slightly better than we expected,” […]

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Ex-Ashurst real estate chief set to retire from firm

One of Ashurst’s most senior real estate lawyers, Adrian Dear, is set to retire at the end of the 2011-12 financial year. Dear made partner at the firm in 1990 and was head of the real estate department for four years until April 2011. He handed in his notice 18 months ago and is expected […]

Australia’s AAR follows Rio Tinto into Mongolia

Australian firm Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) has opened a representative office in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar. AAR has reported intensified levels of work in the country’s burgeoning resources industry. The firm is currently advising a range of international companies in the region, including long-standing client Rio Tinto, whose joint venture Mongolian Oyu Tolgoi project is […]

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Middle class twit, er, tweet

Why tweet? I suspect this is something many lawyers have asked themselves, once, before going on to do something decidedly more interesting with their lives. Or maybe, as US movie star Ashton Kutcher has apparently just done having said something infra dig on his Twitter feed, they have instead outsourced it all to a PR […]

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