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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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As the Commons Select Committee examines the Crossrail project, property owners and buyers must be proactive in gaining an awareness of their rights. By Howard Bassford and Janice Record Funding questions and petitions aside, the future of Crossrail looks promising as the Crossrail Bill makes progress on its passage through Parliament. The bill is now […]

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Chelsea FC has lost its first IP fixture of the season to northern minnows Chelski, a Leeds drinks company that wants to use the word Chelski to market a vodka drink. Chelsea formally objected, complaining to the UK Patent Office that the name was registered in bad faith to take advantage of the football club’s […]

Kraft creates top patent roles to grow IP capability

US food company Kraft Foods is looking to beef up its internal IP legal capacity, creating two new top roles for patent lawyers. Kraft is searching for a senior patent counsel in Europe, as well as a patent lawyer to take charge of patents in the US. Jackie Leimer, vice-president and associate general counsel, is […]

UK businesses need to beware the long arm of US law

The angst surrounding the cases of the NatWest Three and Ian Norris has raised awareness of the new risks facing businesspeople from US prosecutors. US criminal jurisdiction is extraordinarily wide. To take an important example, the Sherman Antitrust Act (relating to cartels) applies to any activity that is in restraint of trade in the US […]

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