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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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Commission adds to directorate general

A senior lawyer at the Spanish competition authority will be appointed to the European Commission’s directorate general for competition. Nadia Calviño Santamaría will become the deputy director general with special responsibility for mergers. She will report to director general Philip Lowe. She is currently the director general for competition at the Spanish ministry of economy […]

Lovells joins CDO ranks after BNP deals

As banks seek to tidy up their balance sheets ahead of the implementation of Basel II, the supply of collateralised debt obligations (CDOs) keeps growing. This, of course, means lawyers are winning their share of the spoils by acting on the many multi-billion-dollar deals coming to market. Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Simmons & […]

CC tops global infrastructure league

Clifford Chance topped the league tables for global legal advisers on infrastructure projects in the first half of 2006, advising on 17 deals worth some $24.5bn (£13.38bn). The research, compiled by the Infrastructure Journal website, also shows magic circle rival Allen & Overy (A&O) was the most active firm in the sector in the timeframe, […]

Opportunities and knocks

Last Tuesday (18 July) was the most anticipated day at the bar for three years, but after the champagne was drunk the hangovers kicked in and the grumblings began. The news of who had made it through the year-long QC beauty parade sped around the Inns and the principal reaction was positive, with most solicitors, […]

BLP’s fast action hero

It’s not often Tulkinghorn can say this, but some news of a genuinely heroic nature reached Tulkinghorn last week from Berwin Leighton Paisner. It was in the form of an email circulated by corporate finance partner and partnership board chairman Peter Robinson, to ‘everyone’, entitled “Adrian Rough” (one of the firm’s backroom unsung heroes). It […]

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