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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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White heat of technology will revolutionise legal system

Cherie Booth QC says a decade spent using IT has taught her that computerisation is the key to bringing down the costs of justice. The Launch of the Government’s consultation paper, Civil Justice – Resolving and Avoiding Disputes in the Information Age, in September this year prompted me to examine how much the use of […]

High Court nips prison action in bud

Roger Pearson reports on Home Office moves which put a stop to prison officers holding mass meetings over pay offers. Once again the High Court has shown its ability to move at breakneck speed and, if necessary, to cut across the boundaries of the court divisions. On 6 November, the Prison Officers Association (POA) rejected […]

In brief: Top speakers to address race hate conference

US Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder will headline the 25th anniversary conference of the Society of Black Lawyers next month. Other speakers at the event, the first Anglo-US conference to address race hate crimes, include Helena Kennedy QC and Johnnie Cochran. The event, which is supported by The Lawyer, will be opened by Neville Lawrence, […]

Euro bank cuts its legal panel from 100 to eight

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has slashed the number of firms it instructs for its specialised country legal advice from over 100 to just eight. Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy and Coudert Brothers are among the 52 firms from the UK and abroad that are understood to have had their bid to […]

Next week's news

The Queens Speech. Queen Elizabeth, whose family have had a few legal problems of their own in the past few years, will outline the Governments plans for the legal profession. Lawyers can expect a annus horribilis.

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