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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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Heller hires all of Swidler Berlin’s insurance team

Swidler Berlin’s entire insurance group is joining Heller Ehrman’s Washington DC office, the two firms announced today (13 February). The group includes the former chair of Swidler’s insurance group Mark Plumer, three other director and eight additional fee earners. A Heller spokesman said the group chose to join the firm to avoid client conflicts generated […]

O’Melveny and Dechert report steep revenue and PEP rises

Los Angeles-based firm O’Melveny & Myers has unveiled a 23 per cent increase in profit per equity partner (PEP) for 2005. The firm’s year-end figures, calculated at the end of January, showed an increase in PEP to $1.61m in 2005, up from $1.31m in 2004. Gross revenue was also up 16 per cent to $808m […]

DLA Piper’s office biker

Tulkinghorn feels a bit sorry for the DLA Piper partner who, in an effort to appear like a normal, well-rounded person, invented a hobby for himself. Namely, motorcycles. However, the idea has backfired, because every time the hapless chap gets a call from a recruiter, he has to field questions about motorcycle leathers.

DAC bolsters Madrid with litigation hire

Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) has appointed its sixth partner for its Madrid office with the hire of former Landwell litigation head Luis Rufilanchas. Rufilanchas joins DAC from listed property company Inmocaral, where he built up a close relationship with the firm. His move follows the recent sale of Inmocaral for €183m (£125m). Prior to joining […]

French boors

Political correctness and the campaign for diversity doesn’t appear to have made its way across the Channel yet, if recent events at the offices of French giant Gide Loyrette Nouel are any indication. During a visit to London, one of the firm’s key leaders was dismayed to discover that none of his partners had rushed […]

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