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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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Taylor Wessing’s Singaporean strategic alliance firm RHT will join the UK firm’s international network and change its name to RHTLaw Taylor Wessing, effective from 16 March. Taylor Wessing has been in an exclusive strategic alliance with RHT since August 2011 (31 August 2011). The Singaporean firm was founded in May 2011 by a group of […]

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SJ Berwin hands senior partner mandate to competition head Kon

SJ Berwin EU and competition head Stephen Kon has won the race to be the firm’s next senior partner, defeating litigation partner Hilton Mervis in a two-man contest. Kon will take over on 1 May, replacing Jonathan Blake after the funds partner spent two three-year terms in the role. Blake decided last month not to […]

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Macfarlanes has made an addition to its corporate practice with the hire of Addleshaw Goddard partner James Dawson. Dawson has resigned and is set to join Macfarlanes in the coming months, filling a gap left by the departure of corporate partner Garrett Hayes to Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker last year (16 June 2011). Dawson […]

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Former Fulbright lawyer jailed for 16 months over expenses fraud

A former Fulbright & Jaworski partner and his office manager wife have been handed 16 month jail terms after pleading guilty to false accounting and fraud. Graham Simkin and his wife Zakia Sharif, who both worked at the US firm’s London base, admitted falsely claiming for vacations, dinners and cosmetic treatments as business expenses and […]

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It’s time to make the honorary QC system more transparent or rethink the whole idea  Even the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has not quite got the hang of who or what an honorary silk is. When The Lawyer requested a full list of honorary QC appointments made between 2000 and 2011 the MoJ embarrassingly […]

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