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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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Your article on barristers’ fears about Conditional Fee Agreements (The Lawyer 29 March) suggests that “if their income is riding on the outcome of cases, barristers will not be objective in the advice they give”. So what’s new? Under the old legal aid system which is now being dismantled, barristers’ incomes were also dependent on […]

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“Henceforth, all former heads of government are potentially at risk.” – Lady Margaret Thatcher, speaking in the House of Lords for the first time in three years to issue a staunch attack on the arrest of General Augusto Pinochet. She is allegedly fearful that she may suffer a similar fate if she travels abroad again.

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