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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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Hull firm aims to provide 'day-to-day' service in link up with advice group

Hull law firm Rollit Farrell & Bladon has linked up with independent financial adviser Fraser Smith Group to set up a financial service division. Fraser Smith will permanently base one adviser in the law firm’s Hull office as part of the joint venture. The law firm, which previously used the Solicitors Financial and Property Services, […]

Reporter faces jail for protecting sources

A case of major importance to the media is now pending in the High Court. It centres on the rights of journalists to protect sources of information. Former Newcastle-based Journal reporter Dani Garavelli, who now works for The Scotsman, faces a prison sentence for failing to reveal her sources of information after being subpoenaed to […]

IT company unveils global support network

SMITH Bernal International, the court reporting and litigation support company, has launched a global support network for its 1,500 or so clients. The company, which owns the LiveNote court reporting transcription system, has principal offices in London, Philadelphia and Hong Kong. Under its new support arrangement, Hong Kong is co-ordinating firms in the Pacific Basin […]

Aid crack down plan could flout Euro rights, claims Law Society

ONE of the new measures to crack down on legal aid abuse by the apparently wealthy could put the UK in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights, the Law Society has claimed. Russell Wallman, head of the society’s professional policy unit, has urged the Lord Chancellor’s Department to rethink its plans to limit […]

Privatisations

Pinsent Curtis acted for the joint venture purchaser of the largest of the 13 infrastructure service companies being sold by British Rail in advance of the Railtrack privatisation. GT Railway Maintenance, a joint venture formed by GEC Alsthom and Tarmac Construction, has, conditional upon approval by the European Commission under EU merger regulations, purchased Central […]

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