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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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Falconer: Politicians should stop baiting judges

The Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer has warned his fellow ministers against interference in the rule of law. Speaking at the Annual Judges dinner last night, Lord Falconer said: “Whilst it is perfectly legitimate for ministers to address policy issues raised by individual judgements, ministers should not criticise judges.” He added: “Just as judges don’t do […]

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The role of local councils in improving the country’s infrastructure is being brought into sharp focus by a new Government report and the Lyons Inquiry. Guy Hinchley and Nathan Holden report The Government’s long-awaited proposals for change in local government had originally been earmarked for a summer white paper. However, following the ministerial reshuffle in […]

Littleton elects new joint heads of chambers

Littleton Chambers has voted in Andrew Clarke QC and Clive Freedman QC as new joint heads of chambers, after former head Michel Kallipetis QC stepped down. Littleton Chambers has voted in Andrew Clarke QC and Clive Freedman QC as new joint heads of chambers, after former head Michel Kallipetis QC stepped down. Clarke is an employment specialist and Freedman […]

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