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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.


Litigation Writs 28/04/98

A major High Court damages claim has been launched over alleged structural defects at the White Lion Walk shopping centre in Guildford. The owner of the shopping centre has launched a claim over the design of the development’s atrium roof. Britel Fund Trustees is suing White Lion Walk and Tarmac, both of Wolverhampton, and Crampin […]

Number of solicitor-advocates set to triple following approval of third training route

The number of City solicitor-advocates with higher court rights of audience is expected to triple over the course of next year following Law Society approval last week for a new, simplified route to qualification. At its meeting last week, the Law Society council approved new rules, negotiated with officials from the Lord Chancellor’s Department, which […]

Litigation Personal Injury 28/04/98

Newbury v Bath District Health Authority – QBD 21 January 1998 Claimant: Sandra Newbury, 48 Incident: Medical negligence Injuries: Claimant, formerly an active woman who enjoyed country walking and cycling and who was assistant manager of a firm of contract cleaners, suffered increasing back pain during the late 1980s. By the end of 1988 she […]

Social security tribunals to keep lawyers on panel

A YEAR-long campaign by the Legal Action Group (LAG) and the Law Society to fight the Government’s proposals to cut legal representation from social security tribunals panels ended in victory last week after a government concession in the House of Lords. Together, the LAG and the Law Society spearheaded the campaign against proposals contained in […]

CCBE fails on VAT

The European Commission has rejected arguments by the Council of the Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) that the VAT rate on legal services should be reduced. The commission had been considering the issue since it was raised by the CCBE last year. The professional body, which represents Bar associations in the European Union, […]

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