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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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Norton Rose boosts its asset finance with three partners

Norton Rose is adding three partners, including poaching Wilde Sapte partner Giles Brand, and three assistants to its asset finance practice in London. The firm says asset finance is a major boom area which, over the past 12 months, has increased fee incomes by up to 20 per cent. Brand, who announced he is quitting […]

City snubs scheme for women

Cherie Booth QC’s Opportunity Now charter for women is being snubbed by City law firms. While most of Britain’s major companies have signed up to the Opportunity Now charter, including the five big accountancy firms, not one City law firm has done so. Opportunity Now has approached several major law firms. They all refused to […]

Landowners' liability for licensees

Landowners who turn a blind eye to the unauthorised occupation of their land could find themselves facing damages claims from the owners of neighbouring land in the light of a new appeal court ruling. The case of Lippiatt & anor v South Gloucestershire Council is one which throws important new light on the rights of […]

In brief: Davies Arnold Cooper

Davies Arnold Cooper has hired three associates as it seeks to rebuild its Manchester office. The lateral hires follow February’s mass bloodletting, which saw the entire Manchester corporate department axed. DAC has now added five fee-earners in two months, taking its numbers from 13 to 18. Caroline Lindsay joins the personal injury department’s motor team […]

Slaughters, Herbert Smith and Simmons eye Tokyo

Slaughter and May, Herbert Smith and Simmons & Simmons are all understood to be looking at establishing a presence in Japan. UK and US lawyers based in Tokyo say the market is booming, creating a great deal of interest from other international firms. According to sources, the three City firms are planning to open up […]

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