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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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Dibbs drops name for Euro brand

Dibb Lupton Alsop has changed its name to DLA, dropping the names of its founding partners. The decision is part of a move by Dibbs to grow closer to the European network which operates under the banner of DLA & Partners. Nigel Knowles, managing partner, says: “The name change to DLA is entirely consistent with […]

Linklaters boosts Madrid HQ with four corporate lawyers

Linklaters & Alliance is expanding in Spain with the addition of four corporate lawyers to its Madrid office. Heading the newcomer list is Ignacio Santillan, currently head of legal at the SCLV (the trading and settlement body for the Spanish stock exchanges and the wholesale private debt market AIAF) and a former adviser to the […]

Witnessing the decline

Since the Woolf reforms were introduced a year ago, the role of the expert witness in civil cases has significantly diminished. Elizabeth Davidson reports on why experts are being phased out of the courtroom. One year on from the most radical reforms of the civil justice system this century, many experts are hanging on by […]

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Regular readers will remember that last month I said how easy legal journalism was – you just sit in court and write down what people say. Technology has moved on and the job is now even easier. Four weeks ago I mentioned the unsolicited email I received from the head of litigation at a City […]

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