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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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Two new partners for Schofield Sweeney

Bradford-based Schofield Sweeney has hired two new partners. Andrew Finfer, a commercial, competition law and procurement specialist, joins the firm’s Leeds office from Leeds-based Walker Morris. Commercial property partner Howard Allen joins the firm’s Bradford officer from DLA Piper in Leeds, where he worked for 17 years. He started out at DLA’s Bradford office alongside […]

Equality control

The German Equal Treatment Act, champion of equal rights for all, looks set to send ripples through the EU, says Michael Magotsch. On 18 August 2006, the German Equal Treatment Act came into force. The aim of the act is to make discrimination based on race, ethnic origin, gender, religion and belief, disability, age or […]

Law Society vindicated by Court of Appeal

The Law Society has won a Court of Appeal victory vindicating its decision to intervene into the practice of a sole practitioner. Lord Justices Chadwick, Tuckey and Moore-Bick this morning (23 November) handed down judgment in favour of the society, overturning the August 2005 decision of Mr Justice Park. The decision means that a Solicitors […]

Norton Rose secures Court of Appeal win over Lithuanian govt

Norton Rose has triumphed in a Court of Appeal spat over the enforcement of an arbitration award against the Lithuanian government. The firm was acting for Swedish energy giant Svenska Petroleum Exploration in its dispute with Lithuania over a 1993 joint venture agreement to exploit Lithuania’s oil reserves. A contract was signed between Svenska and […]

Mason Hayes makes up six partners

Irish firm Mason Hayes & Curran has promoted six associates to the partnership as part of plans to broaden the firm’s practice areas. Mason Hayes is looking to position itself as a full-service firm and has plans to grow its financial services, maritime, public affairs and life sciences practice areas. Managing partner Declan Moylan said: […]

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