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Latest Briefings

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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Insolvencies on the wane

Insolvencies are running at much lower levels compared with the bleak days of recession in the early 1990s – but for small businesses there is little cause for celebration. Analysts point out that though fewer big companies are going to the wall, smaller groups are still failing in large numbers. Michael Steiner, insolvency partner at […]

Projects

Herbert Smith advised the Norfolk & Norwich Health Care NHS Trust on its signing of a £193m PFI project to build a hospital for Norwich, the first health sector PFI project. Contractor Octagon Healthcare was advised by DJ Freeman.

Dirty laundry in public

The House of Lords has given leave for an appeal in the case of Cockburn v Chief Adjudication Officer against refusal of an allowance in respect of laundry created by an incontinent woman. The appeal will question a Court of Appeal ruling from 26 June 1996.

Surprise LCD move to cut Green Form

Legal aid practitioners are claiming thousands of people could be deprived of legal advice if the Government goes ahead with new proposals to remove criminal advice from the Green Form scheme. The Lord Chancellor’s Department has written to the Law Society asking for its comments on the proposed change, which has taken practitioners by surprise. […]

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