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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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Lord Justice Phillips to replace Lord Lloyd

Lord Justice Phillips, the judge currently conducting the BSE inquiry, is to replace Lord Lloyd of Berwick in the House of Lords at the end of the year. Lord Lloyd’s long-expected retirement from the Lords was announced by the Lord Chancellor’s Department last week and his departure will follow hard on the heels of the […]

SIF: the fall of the mutual fund

As the Law Society looks to the open market, Shaun Pye traces the history of the much-maligned system. September 1987:The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) is born.

Bromley court faces strike threat

Staff at Bromley County Court are being balloted this week on whether to hold what would be the first ever strike at a county court. The 27 members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) are being balloted over whether to stage a five-day strike because of staff shortages and low morale. Jean-Paul Aubin-Parvu, […]

Cape Town takeover

South African firm Hofmeyr Herbstein Gihwala & Cluver has added 20-lawyer Cape Town-based Walkers to its growing national network. Hofmeyr will pick up Walkers’ clients like Old Mutual, one of the country’s largest insurance companies, which is in the process of demutualising.

Quote of the week

“I don’t see why I should answer questions from you… you’ve shown your lack of commitment to the courts by leaving.” – David Marsh, group manager of the London Group of County Courts, to Jean-Paul Aubin-Parvu at a Bromley County Court users’ meeting. Aubin-Parvu, the union representative at the court, is leaving after eight years […]

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