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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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North West firm appoints non-lawyer chair

North West firm Mace & Jones has hired the former chief executive of financial services firm Rathbone Brothers as its first ever non-lawyer chairman. Roy Morris joins the firm in the newly-created role to help further its growth across the region. He is currently a non-executive director of Rathbone Brothers, having previously been its managing […]

Fund-friendly?

Switzerland is looking to new fund legislation to put the country firmly on the map as a leading financial centre. By Eric Stupp A major remodelling of Swiss fund legislation is planned to come into force on 1 January 2007. The declared purposes of the new Act on Collective Capital Investments are: re-establishment of the […]

Local authority consortium cuts legal costs with shared nine-firm panel

A consortium of 18 local authorities in the south of England has slashed its legal costs by up to a third by selecting a combined legal panel. The local authorities’ combined average annual legal spend is £1m, with the panel firms offering reduced rates from £150-£200 an hour to a lower rate of £100-£150 an […]

Freshfields instructed by Irish state on Aer Lingus flotation

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has scooped a mandate to advise the Irish government on the IPO of its flag carrier Aer Lingus. The magic circle firm won the high-profile mandate after participating in a beauty parade at the end of last year. Irish firms William Fry and Arthur Cox are acting as local counsel to the […]

Hammonds fights to retain Brussels trio

Hammonds’ Brussels office has been hit by the resignation of its three most senior partners, but the firm is refusing to let the trio go without a fight. Brussels office head Konstantinos Adamantopoulos, competition head José Rivas and trade partner Edward Borovikov have all resigned and are seeking a new firm, as first revealed on […]

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