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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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Brixton solicitor Angello Hornby and Linklaters litigation partner Katie Bradford, who are among 500 leading women who are attending the 43rd Women of the Year Lunch this week. Hornby co-founded the Brixton all-female firm Hornby Ackroyd & Levy in 1980 and has created strong ties with the local community. Bradford is a property specialist and […]

Bar speaks out over audience rights plan

SENIOR barristers clashed with the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham over the Government’s plans to hand control of the Bar’s professional rules and rights of audience to the Lord Chancellor. Speaking at the conference, Lord Bingham said the system for changing professional rules and rights of audience, which requires the unanimous consent of four designated […]

High Court help for bereaved children

The recent reassessment of Hayden v Hayden means children will be paid for loss of service when a parent dies, writes Roger Pearson. A recent High Court ruling has resulted in a revised interpretation of a 1992 decision which which is widely used as a pointer in cases involving compensation claims for children who have […]

Morris to hire 50 civil junior counsel

Attorney General John Morris QC is advertising 50 new government civil counsel posts for the junior Bar in what he claims is a new era of “opportunity and transparency” for government appointments. Morris, fighting a sex discrimination claim over the appointment of government civil counsel, is recruiting counsel and solicitor-advocates of between two and five […]

SBL uses Lawrence inquiry to call for legal shake-up to fight race hate

The Society of Black Lawyers (SBL) has called for a radical rethink in handling and combating race hate crimes. In a submission to the Stephen Lawrence inquiry last week, the SBL put forward 34 proposals, including creation of UK-wide racial investigation units which would be monitored locally but accountable at a national level. It also […]

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