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European Court of Justice voids European Commission’s decision to grant state aid authorisation for the 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 to 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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Civil liberty groups call for open justice

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In brief: Double achievement for Marsons

KENT firm Marsons is celebrating its achievement of an Investor in People award and a Legal Aid Board franchise. According to senior partner Brian Marson, the firm is the first in the South East to hold an ISO9001 quality standard, an Investor in People award and a legal aid franchise at the same time.

Government plans get-tough stance on early release of prisoners in Scotland

A GET-TOUGH sentencing regime to restrict early release of prisoners is proposed for Scotland. Reminiscent of Home Secretary Michael Howard’s controversial pronouncements on sentencing last October, the Scottish regime was also first aired at the Conservative Party annual conference. Scottish Secretary of State Michael Forsyth, in a consultation paper called Making the Punishment Fit the […]

Olswang recruits systems specialist

Helen Sage reports Stephen Dreyer, a professional systems support manager, has joined media and communications law firm Olswang as director of its IT services. Dreyer’s career has spanned 13 years in senior systems management at organisations such as Andersen Consulting and Compass Software. John Akerman, managing partner of Olswang, said: “As a leading firm in […]

Lovells unites departments after changes in shipping

City firm Lovell White Durrant has reversed its decision made in the 1980s to create separate shipping and commodity departments. Since this month the two departments have been operating under one roof as the commodities, trade finance and shipping department. Partner Philip Quenby said: “In the 1980s we were seduced by the lure of specialisation. […]

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