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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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Simmons challenges French govt over coal price subsidies

City firm Simmons & Simmons is attempting to force France to answer allegations that state subsidies were used to undercut the market price of coal. The firm, representing private coal company Thion & Cie, claims that state-owned coal company Groupe Charbonnages de France was involved in a potential misuse of an estimated £21m in state […]

Councils to judge the judiciary

Neil Addison says UK judges’ appointments and disciplinary procedures should be compared and adjusted to Canadian rather than US law. Neil Addison is a barrister in Cathedral Chambers, Newcastle. Following the “Hoffmann Affair” the issue of how judges are appointed and disciplined is again under discussion. The incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights […]

Consultancy report slams ombudsman complaint system

MOST people who have their complaints investigated by the Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman (OLSO) are dissatisfied with the service they get, a damning new report reveals. The research, commissioned by Legal Services Ombudsman Ann Abraham, says that “delay is inherent in the current system and so is dissatisfaction”. The OLSO service is also […]

High Court ruling opens way for Web libel suits

The High Court has ruled that for the first time an internet service provider (ISP) is responsible for defamatory material posted on its sites. The historic judgment seriously threatens the existing concept of freedom of information on which the internet is based. It is thought to be the first definitive ruling by an English High […]

Law Society in £45,000 Disney spend

THE LAW Society is spending tens of thousands of pounds to send council members and their spouses to its annual conference in Disneyland Paris. The final bill could be as high as £45,000, admits the society. Sources claim the figure could be nearer £90,000. This year’s conference has been revamped and rebranded as the Solicitors’ […]

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