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Tax ruling by Luxembourg to McDonald’s Europe franchising did not involve illegal state aid- European Commission

On 19 September 2018, the European Commission concluded that a tax ruling granted by Luxembourg to McDonald’s Europe Franchising did not constitute illegal State aid. The Commission acknowledged that Luxembourg had correctly applied the Luxembourg-United States tax treaty. While this decision concerns an individual case, it suggests that State aid rules are not an appropriate […]

Energy tax matters – Prinsjesdag 2018

The Budget Day Package 2018 contains a separate bill (‘Fiscal greening measures 2019’) with measures to reduce CO2 emissions. The proposal includes, among other things, the following changes in energy tax: Promoting electrification: shifting energy load from natural gas to electricity. The tariff in the first disc for natural gas is increased by EUR 3ct / m2, […]

UK real estate and competition law – An insight

By Samuel R Beighton On 18 September 2018, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (the “CMA”) announced that Heathrow airport (“Heathrow”) will pay a fine of £1.6 million in relation to an infringement of UK competition law arising from a restriction included within a commercial lease. Importantly, this case marks the first occasion that the CMA […]

Pre-purchase inspection is not a warranty

By Sandra Lando, Julie Djiezion For several years, there have been calls by some associations, including the Québec Association of Building Inspectors, for oversight of the work done by pre-purchase inspectors. On June 12, 2018, they resulted in the introduction of the Act mainly to improve the quality of buildings, the regulation of divided co‑ownership and the […]

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Herbert Smith elects new corporate chief

Herbert Smith is today expected to confirm Michael Walter as the new head of the firm’s corporate practice. Walter will replace incumbent Caroline Goodall who decided not to stand for re-election following the completion of her five year term. Goodall took over from Richard Bond when he became senior partner in July 2000. Meanwhile, Herbert […]

Law Society hails Clementi for offering ‘a better deal for consumers’

The Law Society today welcomed Sir David Clementi’s report into the way solicitors are regulated. In his findings Clementi proposes that day to day regulation should continue to be handled by the Law Society, but that a new body of independent, lay officials – the Legal Services Board – will oversee the way this is […]

From law to Channel 4

Thinking of a change of scene in the new year? Patrick and Colette Bergot, tired of commuting, left their legal careers behind them for a French château. They also had the experience filmed for Channel 4. The Lawyer finds out why Earlier this year Channel 4 told the story of two City lawyers who gave […]

Hill Dickinson merger hikes half-year figures

Hill Dickinson has re-corded a 34 per cent turnover rise for the first six months of the 2004-05 financial year. The firm recorded income of £22m, up from £14.5m for the same period in 2003-04. Last year’s full-year turnover was £40.1m. Senior partner Tony Wilson said the rise was the result of the January merger […]

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