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Bulgarian pension funds: New opportunities for banks to enter into repo transactions and derivatives

By Tsvetan Krumov The amendments provide new business opportunities to banks to enter into repo transactions and derivatives with Bulgarian pension funds. There are various types of private social security funds under Bulgarian law depending on the social security risks they cover. However, as the regime for derivatives and repo transactions is identical for all […]

Amsterdam District Court: Museum Map Foundation must provide data to tax authorities on museum visits

By Anke Holtland Yesterday, the Amsterdam District Court ruled in summary proceedings that the Museum Map Foundation must provide data to the tax authorities on museum visits by one specific museum card holder. What was going on? The Tax and Customs Administration demanded the information about museum visits from one specific museum card holder for the period 2014 to […]

Rules and weightings for 4th Dutch Offshore Wind tender (HKZ III&IV)

By Roland de Vlam, Redmar Damsma With the tender for the Hollandse Kust Zuid III & IV offshore wind sites in Q1 2019 rapidly approaching, potential contesters and other interested parties are awaiting the publication of the definitive version of the Ministerial Regulation holding the rules and weightings related to the tender procedure and criteria […]

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Programme accuses court of self-interest

THE COURT of Appeal has been accused of putting the interests of the legal profession above the interests of justice. The charge has been levelled by the television programme Trial and Error following the rejection of an appeal by 64-year-old Sheila Bowler, who was convicted of murdering her elderly aunt. A petition will now be […]

Management a 'bore' in North-west

SOLICITORS in the North-west of England enjoy fee earning work but are not too excited about practice management. They work hard, on average 40 and 50 hours a week, and the majority earn between £25,000 and £50,000. The findings form part of a major survey of lawyers’ working lives by chartered accountants Gruber Levinson Franks. […]

Self-regulation under attack

House of Commons Select Committees have proved a useful constitutional innovation. They reveal what the Government, the Civil Service and the private sector think about a host of topical matters. Nevertheless, select committees have an in-built majority in favour of the governing party. What is most surprising about the Treasury Select Committee’s sixth report into […]

Keep SCB impartial, say advisers

COMPLAINTS handling should be as independent of the Law Society as possible, according to the Solicitors Complaints Bureau’s lay-dominated advisory committee. The bureau’s policy advisory committee has come out against Law Society president Martin Mears’ plans for its functions to be brought back in house. In its response to the Law Society’s consultation exercise on […]

Liverpool sets gear up for merger

John Malpas reports TWO of Liverpool’s oldest sets are to merge as a third celebrates the opening of a new wing. A busy period for chambers in Liverpool has culminated in the announcement of a merger between 14 Castle Street and 7 Queen Avenue. The merger, which both sets say will lead to an improved […]

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