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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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In brief: LAB rapped over correspondence handling

The Parliamentary Ombudsman, Sir William Reid, has criticised the Legal Aid Board’s handling of correspondence. Referring to a complaint that the LAB was evasive and dishonest in its handling of solicitors’ correspondence, he said last week: “Delays occurred in associating letters with the file and in replying to correspondence, and points raised by the solicitors, […]

Inquest news to aid grieving families

John Malpas reports A CIVIL liberties barrister who provides families with free representation at inquests has launched a new bulletin detailing developments in inquest law. Leslie Thomas, of 2 Garden Court, plans to regularly update the newsletter Recent Developments in Inquest Law which he has produced in conjunction with Inquest, a support group to help […]

Fighting fraud in Scottish style

The Proceeds of Crime (Scotland) Act 1995 which came into effect on 1 April this year is the latest weapon in the Scottish legal armoury to fight large scale international fraud and theft. Applying to all solemn and certain summary offences, Scottish civil litigators can use the Act as a vehicle to recover assets misappropriated […]

Investment for the future

Behind the unassuming Georgian frontage in a genteel part of Edinburgh which was once home to Sir Walter Scott, is a bespoke information technology system which plays an integral part in the management of £180 million of investment funds. Murray Beith Murray WS was established in Edinburgh in 1849, and like other Scottish law firms […]

In brief: Donn & Co takes on might of US Army

A team of lawyers from Manchester firm Donn & Co is taking on the US Army in Atlanta this week. Senior partner Raymond Donn, partner Hilary Meredith and legal executive Nicky Hunt are fighting for compensation after UK soldiers were involved in a fatal crash in 1993. One soldier was killed and 13 others were […]

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