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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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Garretts goes east

Commercial firm Garrett & Co has opened a new office in Cambridge, with Gerry Fitzsimons, former head of the company/commercial department at Taylor Vinters in Cambridge, as managing partner. “The Garrett & Co office in Cambridge gives East Anglian businesses access on their own doorsteps to all the resources of our national partnership,” said Fitzsimons. […]

Help on IT strategy

The Lawyer ninth annual Information Systems for Lawyers conference and exhibition is a two-day event focusing on getting the best out of IT and how to plan IT strategies. Richard Susskind, special advisor to Masons on information technology, will give the keynote address. Seminar topics include organising IT departments and intranets. Information Systems for Lawyers […]

US firm mounts TV adverts campaign in bid to improve attitudes to the profession

New York firm Jacoby & Meyers has launched a television advertising campaign to tackle the cynicism most Americans exhibit towards the legal profession. The firm has employed advertising company Mad Dogs & Englishmen to produce a series of television and billboard adverts which will portray lawyers as “people like me”. The firm, which was the […]

In brief: Patent Office trims fees by 21 per cent

The Patent Office has cut fees for patent examinations from £130 to £70. The cuts, effective from this year, will see the administrative costs of obtaining a UK patent drop 21 per cent, from £285 to £225. Efficiencies in the Patent Office’s operation have been credited for the fee cuts.

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