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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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EU provides e7m for Palestinian judiciary Europe, US get closer on merger legislation

Unlike Israel and the US, the EU appears to have kept faith with the Palestinian Authority, with the European Commission (EC) spending e7m (£4.5m) on supporting its judicial reforms Brussels’ decision follows a new law guaranteeing the judiciary’s independence, which the aid will reinforce.EU money will fund: systematic training; new procedural laws; improved working conditions, […]

Wragges hires Lovells star to lead property litigation

Birmingham giant Wragge & Co has snapped up highly-regarded property litigator Anne Waltham from Lovells Waltham, who has been a partner at Lovells for four and a half years, is to become joint head of the firm’s property litigation team, along with Suzanne Lloyd Holt. After an initial stint in Birmingham, Waltham is expected to […]

Knight & Sons

After joining Lovells’ Prudential panel, Knights shouldn’t look back Midlands-based Knight & Sons is in the final stages of negotiation with Lovells to join its panel of subcontractors for major client Prudential Property Investment Managers (The Lawyer, 9 October). It will give the 18-partner firm access to a legal spend that runs into millions of […]

Innocent mistake?

The Lawyer seems to have missed an important name change. While perusing The Guardian last Monday, one of Tulkinghorn’s scribe’s spotted that Mark Stephens had been putting in his two pennies worth over the story of Victoria Beckham’s escape from kidnappers. “We have to make a decision as a society whether we want courts or […]

Camerons ventures into Bulgaria for Viva contract

CMS Cameron McKenna is set to enter a political minefield after its client Viva Ventures was named as the preferred bidder to buy a majority stake in state-owned Bulgarian Telecommunications Company (BTC). Vienna-registered Viva, a consortium that includes investment fund Advent International, will offer €200m (£128m) for a 65 per cent share in BTG, which […]

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