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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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Gianni expands domestic empire with Bologna office

Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners is expanding its domestic coverage with a new office in Bologna, as it continues to negotiate its future relationship with Linklaters.Discussions over future cooperation between Linklaters and its Italian ally are ongoing in the run-up to the final winding down of the Linklaters & Alliance structure this summer.With no further […]

Deals summary

CMS Cameron McKenna (Ian Parker) has led a joint CMS team, including lawyers from CMS Carnogursky Strommer Reich-Rohrwig, advising the Slovakian government on the restructuring of the energy sector. Under the terms of the deal, German energy group E.ON acquires a 49 per cent interest in Západoslovenská energetika (ZSE) for e330m (£213.7m). DWF Solicitors advised […]

Nigel Copeland struck off over ’tissue of lies’

Former name partner of Burton Copeland found guilty by OSS of misleading client Nigel Copeland, a founding partner of leading niche fraud firm Burton Copeland, has been struck off after misleading a client.Copeland, described by his former firm’s partners as the “Mr Licensing of Manchester” because of his decades of experience in this field, has […]

Money laundering: new case raises fresh worries over reporting clients

A landmark trial starts today (1 July) of a partner accused of money laundering that is likely to have significant implications on the requirements of lawyers reporting on suspicious clients.The current law states that lawyers have to report clients they believe are involved in suspicious activities. However, in this case the partner is charged with […]

Piper Rudnick faces $9m damages claim

US firm Piper Rudnick is being sued for at least $9m (£5.9m) in damages by the bondholders in bankrupt organisation Greater Southeast Community Healthcare System. Holders of $16.3m (£10.7m) in bonds have alleged that Piper Rudnick was negligent in its handling of a bond deal conducted in 1993.The claim against Piper Rudnick centres on the […]

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