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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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Clayton Utz boasts it is best in Australia

Clayton Utz has seized on a newly published Australian legal directory to claim it is the best national firm in Australia. The firm, which is the fourth largest on the continent with 173 partners, wins the highest number of top ratings in the influential Legal Profiles for the 30 practice areas Clayton Utz has identified […]

Ride operator faces legal rollercoaster

Roger Pearson reports on an illiterate ride operative’s High Court battle against fairground giant Bob Wilson & Sons. The country’s oldest trade union, the Showman’s Guild, is facing a High Court challenge from ride operator Barry Print, in a battle over allocation of fairground pitches. In a writ issued on his behalf by Chelmsford firm […]

Art in the courtroom

I was interested to read the article “The art of legal practice” in The Lawyer (28 July 1998). In a rather more modest way, I have been encouraging a local sixth form college to hold a competition among its “A” level art students, so that the winning art can be displayed in our tribunal rooms. […]

Cost disputes: what cost to the solicitor's reputation?

Marlene Winfield says that solicitors must be more transparent about exactly how much their services are going to cost the consumer. Marlene Winfield is senior policy officer at the National Consumer Council. Last year, I was having problems with a bowing wall in my Victorian semi. The surveyor thought it might be a drains problem. […]

Paternal rights gain further impetus

The favoured right of mothers to win possession of their children after divorce is no longer set in stone, writes Roger Pearson. Fathers battling for the right to care for their children following a marriage break-up have received a major boost from a senior divorce judge. For many years, the common judicial opinion was that […]

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