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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.


A&O boosts cash to local law centre

City firm Allen & Overy has announced a substantial increase in the amount of pro bono work and funds which it donates each year to Wandsworth and Merton Law Centre in London. The firm has agreed to provide £15,000 a year and will start to take on in-house pro bono cases in addition to the […]

Herbert Smith wins electricity contract

City firm Herbert Smith has won the contract against two other firms to advise the 14 electricity companies of England, Wales and Scotland on implementing full competition in 19 months time. Business customers of the privatised electricity companies are already able to choose their supplier, but from 1 April 1998 all 23 million individual customers […]

In brief: Museum appoints Halliwell Landau

Manchester-based Halliwell Landau has been appointed legal adviser to the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. “Halliwell Landau was chosen to provide all legal services to the museum in view of the firm’s breadth of expertise and commitment to service,” said museum director Patrick Greene. Halliwell partner Geoffrey Shindler will lead the legal team […]

Mears stalks Girling with 'mistakes' dossier

As Tony Girling chairs his first Law Society Council meeting as president this week, it emerged that Martin Mears, his ousted predecessor on the council, is busily preparing a dossier of his mistakes. Mears has told friends that he is compiling a critique of Girling’s presidential term of office, to be made public just before […]

The northern lights

Family and matrimonial law is an area on which the local regional Bar is often consulted. Although many family and matrimonial lawyers have been building up specialist expertise in this area of practice themselves, including qualifying as solicitor advocates, they still tend to use counsel for the more complex matters or where “pure advocacy” is […]

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