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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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Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger whipped up a maelstrom this week with his comments about the number of women and ethnic minorities at the top of the judiciary. Neuberger MR said he had no difficulty with using section 159 of the Equality Act to favour women and ethnic minorities over white males where two […]

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Silks who make the cut at the Supreme Court

Successful Supreme Court silks are a special breed, with the same names dominating the most high-profile cases. Katy Dowell reports Only cases of the highest constitutional importance are heard in the Supreme Court. For many ­litigants it is the end of the legal line, so when it comes to picking counsel only the best will […]

Simmons ends seven-year fight for Masri debt

After securing a judgment in favour of a client many litigators are left with the daunting prospect of enforcing the decision. Simmons & Simmons was left with that daunting task in 2009 after the House of Lords ruled in favour of its client Munib Masri in his worldwide dispute with Middle East group Consolidated Contractors. […]

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