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European Court of Justice voids European Commission’s decision to grant state aid authorisation for UK’s capacity market scheme

By Maria Connolly The ECJ found that the Commission had granted approval in 2014 after just a month long preliminary examination and had failed to take full account of objections raised. The Commission must now undertake a full investigation of the scheme before granting state aid approval.  It may emerge that changes to the scheme […]

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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Family law mediation launch by Conquest

NATIONAL Solicitors Network Conquest is to launch a family mediation programme to enable members to integrate Lord Mackay’s recommendations on mediation-related client support into their own practices. Members voted overwhelmingly to introduce the new initiative following the recent release of the White Paper on divorce reform. Network chair Richard Berenson welcomes the positive response from […]

Stone heads Barings action group

SJ Berwin consultant Jonathan Stone has been appointed as chair of the Barings Perpetual Noteholders Action Group (BPNAG), which seeks action to recoup losses to members following the collapse of merchant bank Barings. The BPNAG group represents more than 50 per cent of the 100 million bearer notes outstanding. Stone says: “A substantial fighting fund […]

Building societies attack retainer plan

Building society chiefs are set to provide more quality work to corporate law firms while continuing a tough line on poor standards, negligence and fraud among conveyancers. And Law Society efforts on default issues are seen as protectionist attempts to preserve work for an over-populated profession. Building Societies Association (BSA) deputy director general Ron Armstrong, […]

Eviction challenge

The Public Law Project is challenging a council’s power to evict trespassers such as New Age travellers. Last year’s Criminal Justice and Public Order Act gave authorities the right to order trespassers off private property, with magistrates granting an eviction order if they refuse. Lawyers for the travellers, supported by the project, will argue the […]

Fees attacks weaken aid: Goldsmith

John Malpas reports BAR Council chair Peter Goldsmith has defended the fees paid out to the silks involved in the Barlow Clowes fraud trial. Details of the fees were released by the Lord Chancellor’s Department just days before the publication of the Green Paper on legal aid reform. Complaining of “unwarranted and misleading” attacks on […]

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