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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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Lawyers and doctors worldwide have been voicing their concern about the lack of legislation controlling cross-species transplants. Alison Laferla is a freelance journalist. Eminent lawyers and doctors from all over the world called for an end to cross-species transplants earlier this month at a conference in Vancouver on pig-to-human organ transplants. Xenotransplantation – the transfer […]

Scottish LAB backs calls for public defender scheme after spending rise

SCOTLAND’s Legal Aid Board has backed plans to introduce a public defender scheme in the wake of a sharp increase in annual expenditure. In its annual report, the SLAB said its spending had risen by 7.3 per cent to a record £143m, with criminal work (at a cost of £77.6m) responsible for most of the […]

In brief: LAB signs up 42 advice agencies

Forty-two non-solicitor advice agencies have signed contracts with the Legal Aid Board for phase two of the advice and assistance block contract pilot in the not-for-profit sector. The organisations are all affiliated to the Advice Services Alliance and include citizens’ Advice Bureaux and specialist agencies for housing and welfare benefits. The LAB expects another 200 […]

Tree damage falls to councils

An Appeal Court decision has set a costly precedent for local authorities over damage caused by trees, says Roger Pearson The recent dry summers have played havoc with the foundations of properties throughout the UK and subsidence has become common. Home-owners have learned to their cost that trees, which they may have been told posed […]

Pensions case reconsidered

Leslie Lintott (above) has been appointed managing partner at Penningtons, becoming one of only three women to head a City firm. Penningtons went through a difficult period in 1995 and 1996, when staff numbers fell from 359 to 279. “We needed to position ourselves sensibly in the market,” Lintott said. “Some people fitted into the […]

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