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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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Law Society condemns divorce White Paper as 'cumbersome and unfair'

THE LAW Society has fired off a damning response to the Government’s White Paper on divorce reform, saying it will lead to a “fragmented, unfair, unworkable and expensive system” of law. And it has called for a comprehensive pilot project to be carried out before legislation is passed to ensure planned changes are viable. The […]

Eversheds seizes easy copyright

LAW firms are to be offered easier access to copyrighted material under plans being developed by the Law Society. Officials are negotiating with the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) for an agreement which would allow firms to copy material more freely. In a separate move, Eversheds has become the first major law firm to gain a […]

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Helen Sage reports International law firm Allen & Overy launched its own World Wide Web ‘home page’ on the Internet last week. Clients will be able to access information on legal services, current events and Allen & Overy publications. To complement the new service, the firm is producing a booklet for clients, called New Methods […]

No voice for Law Society in Bar event

THE LAW Society has lost its platform at the Bar’s annual conference after this year’s organisers revamped the programme and eliminated the official luncheon. Traditionally, the Law Society president had addressed colleagues on the other side of the profession during the conference lunch. But the 1995 programme, which devotes the morning to discussion of Lord […]

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