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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

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A PARTNER at Eversheds has been appointed as the Audit Commission’s first head of legal services since the position was split down the middle. Rod Ainsworth, head of the national law firm’s public sector planning and environmental team, takes up the post next month. Audit chiefs have been looking to appoint someone since they divided […]

In brief: Conferences aim to cut delays in justice

Five national conferences will examine ways of cutting delays in the criminal justice system. They will be organised as part of an action plan published by the Criminal Justice Consultative Council last week. The proposals for the coming year aim to improve communication, co-operation and co-ordination among agencies working in the system.

Keeping one step ahead in the financial game

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the launch of the City Promotion Panel in late July, with a remit “to promote Britain’s financial services industry”. The Treasury made it clear that Britain meant UK-based businesses; and the panel includes senior executives from Citibank, Morgan Stanley, Nomura and Paribas, chairmen of NatWest and Schroders and other […]

Solicitors,barristers…attorneys?

US-STYLE “attorneys” will be introduced to the UK legal system if a proposal by the College of Law is taken up. The title would be given to those who do not qualify as barristers or solicitors but who continue careers as legal advisers or paralegals. Education planners at the Guildford college have included the new […]

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