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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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ABA London conference set to flop

The American Bar Association’s annual conference is facing a crisis after grossly over-estimating registration numbers for its London conference this summer. Its $1m (£664,691) emergency fund could be used for the first time in a bid to stop costs spiralling out of control. Only 3,000 lawyers have signed up for the event in July instead […]

Pro bono: what it means to you

Only one in three of the UK’s top 100 law firms responded to The Lawyer’s second comprehensive pro bono survey, but at least this is more than last year. Dearbail Jordan reports on the good, the bad and the indifferent. Apathy is the greatest enemy of progress – a point that is amply illustrated by […]

Case of the week… not

As hype about the amount of (insurable) losses companies suffered because of overly affectionate emails last week reached fever pitch, the bidding war began on how many years in jail the author of the ‘I Love You’ computer virus should get. But meanwhile, back in the real world, those responsible for the Paddington rail disaster […]

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Scuffle of the week

The mobile phone companies had such fun scrapping over how many noughts they could add to their bids for the new mobile phone licences that they’ve decided to carry on fighting. One2One is suing the Government over its handling of the £22.5bn auction. The company, owned by Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, is challenging the Department of […]

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