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An apple a day keeps taxation away?

The General Court (GC) of the European Union ruled in favour of Apple in the state aid case regarding Apple’s Irish tax structure, annulling the 2016 decision of the European Commission (EC). As a result, Ireland is at present not obliged to reclaim the amount of EUR 13 billion from Apple. The decision is not yet final due to the EC’s right to appeal.

Service out: helpful rulings for claims involving international finance

In the recent related cases of Punjab National Bank International Limited v Vishal Cruises (Private) & others and Punjab National Bank International Limited v Passat Kreuzfahrten GmbH & others, the defendants’ challenges to jurisdiction were rejected. In so doing, the English Commercial Court provided helpful rulings for international banks in the context of applications to serve proceedings out of the jurisdiction, including the place for performance of guarantees, compliance with laws local to the finance obligors, and in relation to service under the Hague Convention.

Furloughed employees redundancy pay protected

The government has announced that it is introducing a new law which will require that redundancy pay for employees on furlough leave is based on their normal rate of pay.


New signing prompts Atkins name change

Libel and privacy lawyer Mark Thomson is to join West End boutique Atkins Solicitors from media firm Carter Ruck. Thomson will join the firm as a named partner and Atkins will rebrand as Atkins Thomson. The media partner has been instructed in several high-profile cases and has acted for celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Keira […]

Employment: Bonus of contention

Executive remuneration and the cash bonus have become one of the hot topics of this recession. Huge payments to staff at financial institutions have lent themselves to headlines and sweepingly critical perceptions of the banking industry. The public consensus is that bonuses awarded to bankers were a key factor in causing the current crisis, encouraging […]

Times turns to Finers for litigation head

TIMES Newspapers has hired Finers Stephens Innocent senior associate Pia Sarma as its head of litigation to replace Gillian Phillips, who left for The Guardian earlier this year. Phillips was hired as head of Guardian News and Media’s legal team in January after incumbent Nuala Cosgrove left to join media regulator Ofcom. Sarma will join […]


Travers Smith names employment head Lilley as next chief

Travers Smith has named a successor to managing partner Chris Carroll, handing the firm’s leadership to head of employment Andrew Lilley. Carroll (pictured) is to remain at the firm, but is understood to be taking a lengthy sabbatical. Carroll has served three terms, taking over from Alasdair Douglas in January 2001. Travers Smith does not […]

Focus: The Lawyer Awards – The chosen few

The Lawyer Awards is on the horizon and fast approaching. Here are some of the ones to watch The Lawyer Awards 2009 is the premier event in the legal calendar. Every year The Lawyer team sifts through the hundreds of entries from firms across all corners of the market, interviewing lawyers and their clients about […]

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