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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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Puddephatt signs up to Charter 88

THE TOP job at one of Britain’s leading legal rights pressure groups is up for grabs following the resignation of Andrew Puddephatt as general secretary of Liberty. Puddephatt will join political campaign group Charter 88 in September as full-time director after six years at Liberty, replacing Colin Darracott. He leaves behind him a five-strong legal […]

DTI calls last orders on S&N brewery bid

Scottish & Newcastle’s £425 million bid for Fosters-owned Courage, the mega brewery deal involving Freshfields and Linklaters & Paines, could be delayed by Government proposals for company undertakings. The DTI’s undertakings aim to ensure the newly-formed business will conform to Government policy relating to pub property ownership, as set out in the MMC’s Beer Orders. […]

In brief: Think-tank demands employment reform

The Institute of Employment Rights, the think-tank supported by trade unions, has published a report arguing for reform of the law surrounding strike and industrial action. Gwyneth Pitt, professor of law at the University of Huddersfield, argues for new positive rights to protect employees against dismissal for taking strike action. She also says courts are […]

Infinity upgrade woos chambers

Helen Sage reports More sets of chambers are installing ACE Systems’ latest version of Infinity software. The new software has attracted both Pick users who have decided to switch from their existing system and Unix users upgrading from the previous version of the software. The strategy planner enables greater user control over data and includes […]

New-look injuries Bill 'still unfair'

THE GOVERNMENT faces further opposition from lawyers to its Criminal Injuries Compensation Bill following the earlier debacle when it was ruled unlawful by the Lords. Two senior practitioners have identified outstanding criticisms of the tariff-based scheme in separate briefing papers on the revised proposals. Andrew Dismore of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and Suzanne […]

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