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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 […]

Introduction of remediation agreement in Canada

By Glen Jennings, Matthew Doak The time has now arrived. A mechanism is finally in place in Canada that will allow for a better process to resolve criminal offences for corporations. In response to a consultation that ended in November 2017, the federal government introduced legislation amending the Criminal Code to allow for remediation agreements (better known as […]

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In brief: Pinsent Curtis

Pinsent Curtis’ former head of private equity at the Birmingham office Nick Cockcroft has left the firm after a brief spell in its London office. It is believed that Cockcroft does not have a replacement position to date and Pinsents says that he has left the firm because he was having problems commuting from his […]

Aitken keeps his books after all

As you may be aware this firm represents Jonathan Aitken. In the edition of The Lawyer dated 13 September 1999 you identified that it had been a good week for him as he had been granted Emergency Legal Aid in respect of his battle to stop the sale of his private letters. I am writing […]

It's been a good week for…

Former friends of Jonathan Aitken, who can breath easily knowing that correspondence with the disgraced and bankrupt former cabinet minister cannot be sold to the media by trustees. Aitken is currently serving an 18-month sentence for perjury after the collapse of his libel case against The Guardian and Granada Television which had investigated his dealings […]

Walter Mondale

Walter Mondale was a peanut farmer’s vice-president, got Reagan rattled in a television debate, and served as ambassador to Japan. Sean Farrell talks to the man who is now a roving envoy for US firm Dorsey & Whitney. Vice-president of the United States should be a desirable job. In theory, you are the second most […]

Wragge & Co offers clients all-in-one set fee package

Wragge & Co is offering clients a package to do all their annual legal work for a set fee. Wragges’ managing partner Quentin Poole says the deal would save both the firm and the client money. He claims the savings would derive from a cut administration costs for both sides, when the yearly fees can […]

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