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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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Treasury Solicitor to streamline legal panels

The Treasury Solicitor’s Department (TSol) is preparing a major shake-up of its panel arrangements as the squeeze on the public sector continues to bite. The proposals could see TSol’s ’Lit-Cat’ panel merge with the panel of firms appointed under the ­Government’s legal services framework agreement, known as Catalist. At ­present the 40 firms on the Lit-Cat panel offer advice on contentious matters, including […]

Latham bolsters Milan base with addition of Degli Occhi e Associati

Latham & Watkins has filled a gap in its Italian capabilities by bolting on litigation boutique Degli Occhi e Associati. The team of five lawyers led by Cesare Degli Occhi will join Latham’s Milan office. Degli Occhi, the most senior of the group, will be an of counsel while Antonio Distefano will be counsel. Degli […]

CAT chance

Chancery judges may still be settling in at the Rolls Building, but their responsibilities to the Competition Appeal Tribunal represent an interesting and often complex crossover. By Rhodri Thompson QC  As noted previously by The Lawyer (12 September), the Chancery Division now has new premises, shared with the Commercial and ­Technology Courts, in the Rolls Building. […]

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Focus: The litigation top 50 – Wars of the world

How are firms measuring up to the increasingly international nature of the litigation sector? Big-ticket litigation has never been more international and has never demanded more from the lawyers involved. Indeed, one of the key drivers behind the expansion of the world’s largest firms’ office networks in recent years has been the increasing need for ­litigation resources […]

ICC surveys in-housers on arbitration process

In-house counsel are being invited to engage with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) over what role they should play in arbitration proceedings. The move comes as the ICC gets ready to implement a new set of rules aimed at cutting costs to attract more litigants to alternative ­dispute resolution. The rules, which come into force in […]

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