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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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In brief: Deans Court Chambers

Deans Court Chambers in Manchester has moved to new premises. The set is now at a newly restored building at 24 St John Street. It was previously based in Cumberland House, Crown Square.

Shorter working hours a priority, says EOC chair

A radical rethink of the “long-hours working culture” is needed to create family-friendly working practices, according to Equal Opportunities Commission chair Julie Mellor. In one of her first public speeches since she she became chair, Mellor told the Employment Lawyers Association’s annual conference in Leeds last week that the Government’s Fairness at Work legislation alone […]

Employing more pro bono

A recent employment case highlights some of the legal and humane reasons why pro bono work is needed. After her claim for breach of contract was dismissed at an employment tribunal, a woman appealed to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). The claimant had initially represented herself, but at appeal the case was initially handled under […]

Fraud proposals get mixed reception

Top City crime lawyers have attacked a Law Commission proposal to remove the need to prove dishonesty in deception cases. As predicted in The Lawyer (5 April), the commission’s consultation paper proposes sweeping changes to the fraud laws in the light of new technology Although most proposals are welcomed – particularly those suggesting a tightening […]

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