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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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Morgan Cole dumps lockstep

Focus on retention of younger partners as new merit based remuneration scheme is launched Morgan Cole is in the throes of its first review of individual partner performance as it moves into a purely merit-based compensation system. The firm – which has offices in South Wales, the Thames Valley and London – will for the […]

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Comcast Cable Communications sets up an Interactive Program Guide (IPG) affiliation agreement with Gemstar-TV Guide International. Comcast advised by Davis Polk & Wardwell. Gemstar-TV Guide advised in-house. Transense Technologies raises £10.5m by selling 706,000 new ordinary shares on AIM. Transense advised by Addleshaw Booth & Co (Stephen Houston). Nominated broker and adviser HSBC advised by […]

Public Property

IP.com offers a cheap alternative to messy, expensive patents and from small beginnings the website is now aiming to go global. Mary Murphy investigates the company that says it is the true defender of ideas. IP.com is first of a kind and one of a kind. It is the brainchild of chief executive officer Tom […]

B&M opens tax practice in Houston

Baker & McKenzie‘s Houston office is launching a tax practice, recruiting Fulbright & Jaworski partner Susan Stone to head the operation. The Houston office was established two years ago and until now has housed just two practices – projects and litigation. James O’Brien, chair of the North American tax practice group, says: “It was always […]

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