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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

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BLP launches Tel Aviv representative base

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Italy’s Pirola Pennuto applies for ABS licence

An Italian firm has become one of the first from outside the UK to apply for alternative business structure (ABS) status. Former PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) network firm Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati, a €100m firm with 11 offices across Italy, England and China, has applied for an ABS licence so that its accountants and lawyers can […]

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Barrister fast-tracked to top European post With the European Court of Human Rights under scrutiny, a high-level judicial appointment has been all but ignored by the national press. Last week Monckton Chambers’ Christopher Vajda QC was nominated by the Government as the first barrister to be appointed to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) bench. […]

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