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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 bolster BLP real estate

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has bolstered its real estate practice with the appointment of two new partners. Catherine Cook, a specialist in commercial real estate work, joins from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where she was a senior associate, while Graham Lloyd-Brunt, a specialist in large-scale property development and PPP projects, joins from Norton Rose where he […]

Berrymans grows health and safety capability

Berrymans Lace Mawer has hired a partner in Manchester to head health and safety. Chris Green joins from Hammonds, where he was a senior solicitor. He defends and prosecutes health and safety and environmental law breaches. He has advised construction companies on fatal accident prosecutions and has prosecuted regulatory offences for Birmingham City Council. Berrymans […]

New complaints body launched

A new body to deal with complaints against the legal profession was formally launched today (28 October) by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer. The Office of the Legal Services Complaints Commissioner (LSCC) has full powers to set targets and to fine the Law Society if it fails to deal with complaints. The news follows the […]

Addleshaws crowns pro bono efforts with Prince’s Trust aid

Addleshaw Goddard’s commitment to corporate social responsibility has led to a significant number of the firm’s employees joining the Prince’s Trust as volunteers. More than 100 staff from the firm’s Manchester office have agreed to provide personal or business mentoring and development assessments to the young people that the charity is helping. The Prince’s Trust […]

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Parlour games

The divorce of Arsenal FC footballer Ray Parlour and his wife Karen broke new ground in terms awards. Liz Vernon sets the record straight In July this year it was almost impossible to open a newspaper or turn on the television without seeing Karen Parlour’s face. Very often she was being pilloried by the Arsenal […]

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