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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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Gouldens advised Artesian Estates on the acquisition of ground rent companies owned by, among others, John Ritblat, MD of the British Land Company. The ground rent companies own over 23,000 residential properties. The initial consideration of £2,061,000 was satisfied by the issue of 2,397,000 new ordinary shares.

Rhodes bows out at Dibbs

PAUL Rhodes, managing partner of Dibb Lupton Broomhead and one of the profession’s most talked-about lawyers, surprised partners last week by deciding to step down on 31 December. He is due to retire from the firm in 16 months. Often caricatured in the press as the pugilistic handler of a pack of rottweilers, the Cambridge-educated […]

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