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Report of the Independent Review of the FOS is published

By Richard Hayllar On the 12 July 2018, the Financial Ombudsman Service (the FOS) published a report on an Independent Review carried out by Richard Lloyd (former Which? executive). The review was undertaken following the broadcast of the Channel 4 Dispatches programme which set out a number of concerns about the handling of FOS complaints.

Efficient arbitration, part 2: Launching an Efficient Arbitration

Kicking off our series on efficiency in arbitration, our first article, Efficient Arbitration – Part 1: Metrics sets out our idea of an efficient arbitration: Achieving the best possible outcome with the least amount of resources. A range of tools are available to focus the spending of resources. Resources should be invested, not wasted. The selection of […]

Efficient arbitration, part 1: Metrics

This is the first in a series of articles by Schoenherr focusing on efficiency in arbitration. In our series, we will explore various tools which serve to improve the efficiency of any given arbitration and so achieve a favourable outcome without wasting resources. But before exploring those tools we need to determine what efficient arbitration […]

Amendment of the Code of Conduct for Pharmaceutical Advertising

The Code of Conduct for Pharmaceutical Advertising (Code of Conduct) (In Dutch: Gedragscode Geneesmiddelenreclame) has been amended as of 1 July, 2018. The changes come as a response to the amendments to the policy rules providing guidance on the ban of inducements regarding medicinal products, which entered into force 1 April, 2018 (Policy Rules) (In Dutch: Beleidsregels gunstbetoon Geneesmiddelenwet […]

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 […]

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There is accounting for taste

Much like a visit to the dentist, an audit is seen by many as an unpleasant yet necessary fact of life. Yet on the face of it, the requirements of the 1890 Partnerships Act and The Law Society’s Solicitors’ Accounting Rules mean that law firms can escape with a much less probing examination than their […]

Government pledges to bring in limited liability legislation

The government has made its first firm commitment to introducing limited liability legislation in the UK. Ian Lang, the Trade and Industry Secretary, said in a parliamentary written answer last week that he would publish proposals for legislation before Easter, but did not reveal whether partnerships would have to disclose more financial information in return […]

Stress levels reduced after Hardwicke Buildings move

A change of venue has resulted in a change of attitude for barristers and staff at Hardwicke Building Chambers. The 70 tenants of the Lincoln’s Inn chambers moved from their cramped 6,000sq ft site to a new 17,500sq ft complex earlier this year. It was officially opened by Lord Woolf on 4 November. Chambers chief […]

Verdict on barristers hits TV

“Justice is not only about evidence,” states journalist David Rose introducing a six-part series that claims to lift the lid on the legal system. The first part of The Verdict, to be screened on BBC2 on Tuesday 12 November, shows how advocates play the jury system to win cases. In it Rose talks to “star […]

In brief: Pilot scheme for legally-aided mediation

Legally-aided mediation in divorce cases will be introduced gradually over the next three years in a four-stage pilot scheme. In a consultation paper released last week, the Legal Aid Board proposes to set up 20 to 30 centres around the UK by the summer of 1997. This number will be increased each year until the […]

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