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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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Mary Macpherson looks at the possibilities of redevelopment and infilling at existing developed sites in green belt areas. Mary Macpherson is a barrister at 2 Mitre Court Buildings. As local authorities plan land-use in edge-of-city locations for the years after the millennium, an important priority is to preserve the green areas that ring the conurbations, […]

CWS fiasco partner quits Travers Smith

Travers Smith Braithwaite has accepted the resignation of Nigel Campion-Smith, the partner who was involved in the Co-operative Wholesale Society takeover debacle. Campion-Smith represented the City entrepreneur, Andrew Regan, in his abortive attempt to take over the CWS. In the process, Regan acquired confidential documents that subsequntly appeared to have been wrongfully obtained from the […]

In brief: Linklaters celebrates road race victory

Linklaters & Paines won this year’s Great Legal challenge, a 3.5-mile road race hosted by Chase Manhattan Bank and sponsored by The Lawyer. Linklaters was one of 46 firms to take part in the race in Battersea Park last week. The team, Richard Buckingham, Paul Prendergast, James Nairne, Tony Sparkes and Roland Sinker, had an […]

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 […]

CPS goes online

The Crown Prosecution Service launched a web site last Friday at its Ludgate Hill headquarters. The site explains what the CPS is, what it does and the procedures available to help victims of crime. Video clips taken from the CPS video, The Crown Prosecution Service – an introduction, can be downloaded from the site and […]

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