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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 Lawyer Inquiry: Danny Preiskel

Danny Preiskel was born in London on 7 November 1965. He is now a senior assistant solicitor with London firm Rakisons. What was your first job? A summer job packing books at a publishing house. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £16,000 (SJ Berwin & Co). What would you have done if […]

Chancery Lane pre-emptive legal aid strike

The Law Society is to consider the creation of specialist accreditation schemes for legal aid work in a defensive move designed to steal a march on the legal aid board. At a council meeting last week, vice-president Phillip Sycamore urged the profession to look at setting up accreditation schemes for family, criminal, employment, housing and […]

SIF fees hike after £248m shortfall

Contributions to the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) may rise by 30 per cent following the discovery that previous contributions have been underestimated to the tune of £248m. The SIF admitted last week that it had failed to collect sufficient contributions from members over the past seven years, leaving it with a huge deficit. The admission […]

Three partners for Squires' Prague set-up

Three of eleven partners appointed world wide by US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey are based in the Prague office. Prague is the firm’s second largest European operation with over 70 staff concentrating largely on telecommunications privatisation and financing work. One of the three new appointees is Dr. Lubos Tichy, the former president of the […]

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