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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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SRA considers credit ratings for professional indemnity insurers

The SRA has announced that it is considering the introduction of a financial rating criteria for professional indemnity insurance (PII) underwriters. The regulator opened a general review into PII in May, after Latvian insurer Balva was halted from taking on new business in the UK at the end of March. The review has now been […]

Plain meaning of the words not always determinative for commercial contracts

The Dutch Supreme Court decision of 5 April 2013, LJN BY8101 (Lundiform/Mexx), gave an important ruling about the interpretation of commercial contracts that potentially reduces commercial certainty. The ruling reduces the emphasis on the specific wording of a contract, even if it contains an ‘entire agreement clause’, and makes it clear that the courts will […]

​​Dr George Pamboridis co-ordinates debate at Cyprus Natural Gas Conference

Dr George Pamboridis was the panel co-ordinator of the Ambassadors’ Debate at the 2nd Cyprus Natural Gas Conference on 20–21 June 2013. The event was organised by IMH and took place at the Hilton Park Nicosia. Τhe debate, between ambassador Lotam, head of energy at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, the US ambassador in Cyprus John […]

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