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Report of the Independent Review of the FOS is published

By Richard Hayllar On the 12 July 2018, the Financial Ombudsman Service (the FOS) published a report on an Independent Review carried out by Richard Lloyd (former Which? executive). The review was undertaken following the broadcast of the Channel 4 Dispatches programme which set out a number of concerns about the handling of FOS complaints.

Efficient arbitration, part 2: Launching an Efficient Arbitration

Kicking off our series on efficiency in arbitration, our first article, Efficient Arbitration – Part 1: Metrics sets out our idea of an efficient arbitration: Achieving the best possible outcome with the least amount of resources. A range of tools are available to focus the spending of resources. Resources should be invested, not wasted. The selection of […]

Efficient arbitration, part 1: Metrics

This is the first in a series of articles by Schoenherr focusing on efficiency in arbitration. In our series, we will explore various tools which serve to improve the efficiency of any given arbitration and so achieve a favourable outcome without wasting resources. But before exploring those tools we need to determine what efficient arbitration […]

Amendment of the Code of Conduct for Pharmaceutical Advertising

The Code of Conduct for Pharmaceutical Advertising (Code of Conduct) (In Dutch: Gedragscode Geneesmiddelenreclame) has been amended as of 1 July, 2018. The changes come as a response to the amendments to the policy rules providing guidance on the ban of inducements regarding medicinal products, which entered into force 1 April, 2018 (Policy Rules) (In Dutch: Beleidsregels gunstbetoon Geneesmiddelenwet […]

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 […]

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French lawyer bites back

Following your article “Guernsey backed on French lawyer’s ban”, I have lodged a complaint to the European Commission on behalf of Mr Leverrier claiming that Guernsey has no right to impose island law on fishermen caught in British waters and that I was illegally prevented to address the local court. The Paris Bar is supporting […]

Freres:an offer it could not refuse

Robert Lindsay takes a look at the causes of Frere Cholmeley Bischoff’s demise and assesses the prospects of its successor firms. The demise of the 200-year-old name of Frere Cholmeley Bischoff on 1 August will be a sad day for many. But sadder than the loss of the name is the fact that many of […]

Child abuse lawyers form group to campaign against legal aid cuts

An association of lawyers specialising in child abuse cases was formed last week to campaign against the withdrawal of legal aid for personal injury claims involving child abuse. The Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL) branded as “appalling” the Government’s response so far to individual approaches by child abuse lawyers. Peter Garsden, a partner with […]

In brief: Solicitor-advocates given more power

Legal Aid Board chief executive Steve Orchard has announced that solicitor-advocates are to be given equal status to counsel when counsel’s opinion is sought for the purposes of applying for a legal aid certificate. The LAB is also considering giving legal aid-franchised solicitors firms greater powers to alter legal aid certificates without gaining counsel’s opinion.

NCC unveils community law plan

THE National Consumer Council (NCC) has put pressure on the government to act on its manifesto commitment to set up a community legal service, by publishing its own blueprint for one. The NCC launched its six-point plan – “A Community Legal Service: The First Steps”- last week, claiming that its model embraced “the complete range […]

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