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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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Sinclair Roche adds to presence in Bucharest

Sinclair Roche & Temperley is expanding in Bucharest in spite of Romania’s “uncertain” economic conditions. The City-based firm has taken on four Romanian lawyers to handle an increasing workload and is planning more hires before the end of the year. Banking concessions and property specialist Monica Bena is joining as a senior lawyer and the […]

New Jersey merger announced

New Jersey’s third largest law firm, Pitney Hardin Kipp & Szuch has taken over the niche intellectual property firm in Manhattan, Kane Dalsimer Sullivan & Levy. Pitney Hardin’s management committee chairman says the 160-lawyer firm’s acquisition of the eight-lawyer practice is the first of a series of expansion plans being considered. The merger comes just […]

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McGuinness Finch loses founder to DJ Freeman

DJ Freeman has recruited one of the founding partners of niche London planning firm McGuinness Finch to join its property services department. Keir McGuinness set up his own firm with Stephen Finch in 1988 after the pair left Oppenheimers a year before it merged with Denton Hall. McGuinness Finch is understood to have rejected merger […]

Baker & Botts takes Lovells energy chief

US firm Baker & Botts has lured Lovell White Durrant’s head of energy as it expands its London office. Tony Higginson joins the Houston-based firm’s London operation to lead its UK energy practice. He joins fellow energy partner Samantha Hampshire, who has defected from Arnheim Tite & Lewis (The Lawyer, 4 October). Higginson has specialised […]

Allen & Overy and Baker & McKenzie win new work at Legal Monte Carlo '99

Banking giant ING Barings is on the verge of instructing Allen & Overy’s Frankfurt office for the first time ever after meeting a representative of the firm at Legal Monte Carlo ’99. Sarah Whitehead, director and assistant general counsel at ING Barings says: “We are seeking advice on listing debts in Frankfurt from Allen & […]

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