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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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Internet is key in the battle for legal access

A new government paper on civil justice reforms challenges philosophy as well as IT methodology, writes Elizabeth Davidson. GEOFF Hoon is the first to admit that the Government’s new 15-year strategy for civil justice is based on ignorance. Not that it is the Government’s fault. Predicting the capabilities of tomorrow’s inventions is difficult without a […]

Next week's news

On Wednesday, the Law Society’s council meets in private to discuss the new presidential team’s plans for reform. On Thursday it will discuss the SIF crisis. Will there be further dithering over a problem which emerged two years ago?

PIA chief seeks to avoid open hearings

The personal Investment Authority ombudsman, Tony Holland, has called for the creation of an “ombudsman review” section within the planned unified “ombudsman’s office” to get around human rights requirements for formal, open hearings. Holland, speaking at the IBA conference, said an internal review section would prevent an expensive and lengthy formal court system taking over […]

Who's watching the cowboys?

I am writing to protest on Marlene Winfield’s behalf at the grossly unsympathetic manner in which her excellent column in The Lawyer (8 September) had been edited. I appreciate that in any publication there are space constraints, (particularly in opinion columns) but why was your sub-editor allowed to cut the part of Ms Winfield’s piece […]

In brief: Dibbs designs SOAP case management system

City firm Dibb Lupton Alsop has developed a case management system designed to make the costs and intricacies of litigation obvious to the client. It is called the SOAP system, which stands for Style of Approach Initiative.

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