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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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Travers Smith Braithwaite elects company head as senior partner

TRAVERS Smith Braithwaite partners have elected head of company Christopher Bell as the new senior partner to replace Alan Keat. Bell – who specialises in corporate transactions and is a member of the company law sub-committee of the City of London Solicitors Society – takes up the post on 1 January. The firm’s managing partner […]

Quote of the week

“This is a Mickey Mouse policy dreamt up in Disneyland.” – The Bar Council’s response to Law Society president Robert Sayer’s proposal to abolish the distinction between solicitors and barristers, made during the Law Society Solicitors’ Law Festival in Eurodisney, Paris.

The Cardinal's sins

In exclusive extracts from his unauthorised biography, Dominic Egan reveals to readers of The Lawyer some of the secrets from the Lord Chancellor’s chequered legal career. In May 1997 Lord Irvine was virtually unknown outside the legal profession. One year later he was the most famous Lord Chancellor of the 20th century. The only problem […]

US firm takes on R&W's Paris office

Rogers & Wells’ Paris office merges today (Monday) with New York firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel because it does not want to be “an appendage” to Clifford Chance’s merged monolith. Paris managing partner Alexander Marquardt’s 21-strong team becomes Kramer Levin’s first office outside Manhattan. Marquardt, in his first interview since rumours spread of the […]

Wilde Sapte caught out over pre-merger Deloittes sublet

Wilde Sapte is bound by an agreement to lease one of its floors to accountancy giant Deloitte & Touche, despite needing the space following its merger with Denton Hall. The sublet contract was signed in September, two months after Wilde Sapte consented to lease accountants the eighth floor of its state-of-the-art offices at 1 Fleet […]

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