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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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'They may pay more but they make you work for it'

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Clerk's retirement signals new era

Chris Fogarty reports Wilberforce Chambers is to follow the growing trend of appointing a chambers director when it loses its senior clerk next year. The impending retirement of Wilberforce Chambers’ senior clerk Roy Beazley after nearly 40 years in the job has seen the prominent commercial chancery set radically revamp its management structure. Beazley, who […]

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Manches & Co acted for Novembre Properties on its purchase of Salford City Shopping Centre from Land Securities advised by Simmons & Simmons and Hillier Parker. Merita Bank, advised by DJ Freeman, financed the purchase.

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