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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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This week

Expect a statement from the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, on the future of Old Bailey Judge Simon Goldstein, who directed a rape trial jury to decide their verdict in light of “millennium mores”. The jury acquitted police officer Barry Byrne. Human rights groups are calling for Judge Goldstein to be sacked.

Are the Woolf reforms working?

Leigh Day & Co senior partner Martyn Day examines the mixed success of the Woolf reforms. Martyn Day is senior partner at personal injury firm Leigh Day & Co. The purpose of the Woolf reforms was to speed up the legal process, cut red tape, and make it more user-friendly, with the aim of making […]

UK firms lead the way

This week The Lawyer 100 survey reveals that lawyers are contributing more than two per cent of the UK’s gross domestic product. The flip side of the top 100 firms earning over u5bn in gross fees is that clients are spending a record amount for legal advice. The question they may start to ask is […]

Financings

Garretts represented Dicom Group on the equity funding of acquisition vehicle Imaging Components Corporation (ICC) and its $70.5m (u44m) tender offer for US company Kofax Image Products. David Bolton

Paul Harter

Sean Farrell meets Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Paul Harter, who is charged with implementing plans for the US firm to start practising English law in London. Paul Harter, corporate partner at US-based firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, has been practising law in London for 10 years, yet had never appeared in The Lawyer until […]

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