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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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SIF contributions to rocket under shortfall pay-off plan

Payments to the Solicitors’ Indemnity Fund (SIF) will rise by a massive 30 per cent for the next seven years under a proposal to pay off its £450m shortfall. The Law Society’s standards and guidance committee approved the hike earlier this month and the full council is due to vote on 5 March. The rise […]

Bird Semple names media and IT unit

Scottish firm Bird Semple is continuing its restructuring following the ousting of its chief executive by rebadging its media and technology group with the name Bird Semple TechMedia. TechMedia is planning an aggressive drive into the Aberdeen legal market and has also approached London IP/IT specialist firm Bird & Bird to discuss mutual referral arrangements […]

SIF makes massive saving after NHL ruling

Millions of pounds have saved from the Solicitor’s Indemnity Fund’s reserves following a House of Lords ruling. Since National Home Loans (NHL) was refused leave to appeal its case against solicitors Giffen Couch & Archer in December, hundreds of similar claims have been settled in favour of the solicitors. NHL had argued that Giffens had […]

Firm snaps up brewery specialist

Davies Wallis Foyster Manchester brewery specialist partner Mark Dennis has taken his team of four to Halliwell Landau along with his three major clients. Dennis joins Halliwell Landau’s commercial litigation department with assistants John Lord and Nicola Field, and legal executive Beverly Loftus. The team will continue acting for its clients, Scottish and Newcastle, Whitbread […]

Buggins is not dead

May I express my profound surprise at the comments made to The Lawyer by “one leading council member” (The Lawyer 10 February). I am at a loss to understand whether that “leading council member” sees Kamlesh Bahl as “not sufficiently representative of the profession” because she is a woman or because she is employed. Perhaps […]

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