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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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The work-life quiz

Steven Booth, managing partner, IBB Solicitors What was your first ever job?Greengrocer’s assistant with John Briggs & Sons. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Getting lost in the Bear Garden, being late for the master and explaining to my principal why I didn’t come back with what he told me to get. Where’s the […]

White & Case advises LST on Barclays outsourcing

White & Case has cemented its relationship with Land Securities Trillium (LST), the property outsourcing arm of Land Securities Group, after helping to secure a novel outsourcing arrangement with Barclays Bank. Under the deal, Barclays gave LST a reported £45m worth of property, comprising 14 office buildings totalling 31,540 square metres. The transaction, which was […]

Hammonds prepares for profit crash

Hammonds is reducing partner drawings by an average of 12 per cent in anticipation of a “significant” drop in UK profitability. The firm is also carrying out a programme of redundancies among fee-earners and support staff. Hammonds’ management made the announcement to partners earlier this week as part of a wide-ranging review designed to cut […]

The wrong righters

The Criminal Cases Review Commission is fighting on behalf of wrongly convicted prisoners – but is also fending off criticism for not being proactive enough. Jon Robins investigates “Sometimes practising lawyers lose a bit of perspective and they need to take a look elsewhere before they’re quite so critical,” says Professor Graham Zellick, the legal […]

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