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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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Coffee retail giant Starbucks has installed its first-ever UK-based head of legal with the hire of former MFI general counsel Adrian Thurston. The move leaves MFI legacy company Galiform, which changed its name following the disposal of the troubled MFI furniture business last October, with no permanent in-house counsel. Thurston, who left his post as […]

Mayer Brown claimant sued by Refco creditor

The scandal surrounding the bankruptcy of insolvent commodity trader Refco took a new twist yesterday when a creditor’s trustee sued Thomas H Lee, the private equity house that itself filed a claim against Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) two weeks ago. Advised by Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, trustee Marc Kirschner filed a multimillion-dollar […]

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Ward of the land

As the go-to person in disputed Land Registry applications, the independence of the adjudicator is of key importance. By Michelle Stevens-Hoare The adjudicator to HM Land Registry is an independent judge appointed for the purpose of overseeing disputed applications that arise at the Land Registry. The adjudicator, his deputies and staff constitute an independent tribunal […]

SEC targets Broadcom GC as stock option probe widens

Broadcom Corporation’s general counsel David Dull has come under the spotlight of the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) for allegedly backdating the chipmaker’s stock options. On Tuesday Dull was sent a Wells Notice, which gives companies and individuals an opportunity to respond if the SEC decides to pursue a lawsuit. The SEC had sent notices to […]

DLA Piper signs DOJ Scooter Libby counsel

DLA Piper has boosted its litigation strength with the addition of a partner in Washington DC. Former US Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney Peter Zeidenberg has joined the firm’s US litigation and regulatory practice. During his time at the DOJ, Zeidenberg served as a trial attorney in the public integrity section of the criminal division, […]

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