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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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A taxing time for windfall payments

Patrick Mears, head of the tax department at Allen & Overy Heather Gething, a tax partner at Herbert Smith Dominic Stuttaford, tax partner at Norton Rose Scottish Widows is appealing to the Inland Revenue over the amount of windfall tax its members are liable to pay upon demutualisation. Members of the organisation, which was recently […]

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In brief: Orchard

Orchard has lost a founding partner to Cardiff firm Palser Grossman. Commercial litigation and employment law specialist Bethan Darwin will join the commercial litigation team at Palsers along with a new associate from Clifford Chance, Jonathan Geen, and an assistant solicitor from Withers Gillian Hogan.

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