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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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In brief: SJ Berwin seeks German alliance

SJ Berwin was believed to be tying up an alliance this weekend with a medium-sized German firm. Partners discussed the deal at their retreat the previous weekend (9-10 May). SJ Berwin, which already has an EU law Brussels office, once had an alliance with Paris-based Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn. It has been a member of […]

Help at hand for trainee troubles

Nick Armstrong warns that the bottom line for trainees having problems with their placement is to find another firm The Trainee Solicitors Helpline takes calls on anything from problems finding a training contract to bullying and harassment at work. It is organised by the Trainee Solicitors’ Group (TSG), for its 25,000 LPC, CPE and trainee […]

Right to appeal over tenancy

The Law Lords are to look into the circumstances giving rise to creation of secure or assured tenancies, in a challenge to possession moves by a London housing trust. Gary Bruton, who is the temporary occupier of a flat in Lambeth which is pending re-development, claims he is entitled to tenancy rights protecting him from […]

Are sex changes an "overriding need'?

Three transsexuals are seeking judicial review of a health authority’s refusal to fund their sex change operations, reports Roger Pearson. The High Court is to investigate whether three transsexuals are entitled to have their sex-change operations funded by a local health authority. North West Lancashire Health Authority refused to fund the operations, but now Mr […]

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