Merger in the Midlands

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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 […]

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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

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Merger talks between Bailey Shaw & Gillet and Wedlake Bell have broken down. The two medium-sized London firms had confirmed they were in talks last November. Now, in a joint statement, Mark Hodgkinson, the Baileys partner in charge of negotiating the merger, and Bob Salter, managing partner at Wedlake Bell, have announced a halt to […]

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