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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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It's been a bad week for

Families of those who lost their lives on the Argentinian cruiser General Belgrano when it was torpedoed by a British submarine during the Falklands war. The European Court of Human Rights rejected their attempts to bring a lawsuit against the Government as they had not first pursued all possible legal remedies in the UK. Hindu […]

Buchanans takes Virginia high-tech trail

Pittsburgh firm Buchanan Ingersoll is opening an office in northern Virginia to focus on the region’s high-tech client base. It is the 450-lawyer firm’s fourteenth office and follows the influx of a number of other practices into the area with the aim of attracting more new economy business. Last month West Coast giant Latham & […]

Case of the week

The Japanese finance house Nomura International has been taken to an employment tribunal by Isabelle Terrillon, one of its female City traders, who claims that she had been subjected to a barrage of sexual harassment, discrimination and ultimately unfair dismissal. The tribunal heard how Japanese bosses told Terrillon to wear ‘short, tight skirts’ while UK […]

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