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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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THE SUCCESSFUL appeal of a man who studied neurology in prison to prove he was innocent of a child’s murder highlighted the urgent need for changes in the system of expert witnesses, according to leading defence QC Michael Mansfield. Kevin Callan was freed by the Court of Appeal earlier this month after it accepted that […]

Barristers who made the grade

War on crime was the message. But the White Paper on crime and punishment of Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Forsyth had more than one battle in mind last month. Tucked in between the hard-line penal reforms was the blueprint for a radical overhaul of the criminal legal aid process in Scotland. Proposals for […]

Profession figures in Gay Times celebration

OVER a dozen lawyers will feature in a Top 200 survey of prominent lesbians and gay men commissioned by Gay Times to celebrate its 200th issue in May. Compiler of the law section, Angus Hamilton, himself a gay solicitor, says the task was “nigh on impossible”. His final choice is: Angela Mason, director of Stonewall, […]

In brief: Morgans dinner sings opera's praises

Cardiff firm Morgan Bruce is sponsoring a dinner to raise funds for the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Welsh National Opera. The dinner, to be held at London’s Inter-Continental Hotel on 19 April, will feature a performance from soloist Rebecca Evans and WNO musical director Carlo Rizzi. The dinner is the first in a series […]

In brief: PI practice win ends eight-year battle

Sheffield personal injury practice Irwin Mitchell has won a £925,000 damages pay-out for a man paralysed after a routine ear operation. Clive Hepworth was admitted to Huddersfield’s Nuffield Hospital in 1979, but lost feeling in his legs after an operation to clear a recurring infection in his left ear. An initial case in 1992 established […]

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