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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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2-3 Gray’s Inn Square has elected planning specialist Mark Lowe QC as its new head of chambers as the set moves to modernise and grow. Lowe takes over from Anthony Porten QC, who has held the role for the past five years. He said his aims as head of chambers were to streamline the way […]

Kirkland raids hedge fund for UK private equity partner

Kirkland & Ellis has further ramped up its London private equity capability with the hire of the general counsel and managing director of US hedge fund Shumway Capital Partners. Sam Pakbaz rejoins Kirkland after six years away from the firm, returning to the Chicago-based firm’s London office as a partner last Thursday (13 July). He […]

FFW leads GMC fight over expert witness immunity

Field Fisher Waterhouse was in the Court of Appeal last week on behalf of the General Medical Council (GMC), fighting a ruling that protects expert witnesses from disciplinary action. Partner Tom Rider was instructed by the GMC to bring the appeal against Mr Justice Collins’ February decision in a case brought by retired paediatrician Sir […]

Legal aid set for massive shake-up

The legal aid market is set for massive upheaval in a series of reforms that will change the way practitioners work and are paid. The changes will come following Lord Carter of Coles’ review of legal aid procurement, whic was published last week (13 July). A year of intensive work has led to the most […]

When in Rome…

Foreign banks have repeatedly been denied access to the Italian market. But a call for increased competition will change all that, say Veronica Pinotti and Jeffrey Greenbaum For the past 10 years foreign banks have looked upon the Italian market with the eyes of a child in the week before Christmas, looking at their presents […]

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