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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.

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Combar votes to examine public direct action plan

THE Commercial Bar Association (Combar) has voted to consider allowing the public direct access to barristers in all non-contentious, as well as some contentious work. But at its AGM on 15 July, the association voted overwhelmingly to ditch an even more radical proposal to allow barristers to ape solicitors by conducting litigation. The proposals were […]

Property

Frere Cholmeley Bischoff advised Norwich Union Pensions Management on its £7.3m sale of a retail warehouse portfolio of properties in Swansea, Wakefield, Hull and Preston. Richard Pearlman & Co advised purchaser Fir Tree Investments. Nicholson Graham & Jones acted for lenders Hypobank.

Fair comment

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 970 4395, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square Your light-hearted article in Tulkinghorn (The Lawyer, 16 June 1998) “Light father/ light son” was, underneath the irresistible tease, also light on factual accuracy. Serle Court Chambers has prided itself for years on its […]

Construction reforms greeted with scepticism

THE construction industry – famed for its long and complicated disputes – has taken a dim view of the new legislation which has been designed to improve the situation, according to a survey carried out by Cameron Mckenna. Just 16 per cent of the industry was pleased with the new Construction Act. And the survey […]

New IT systems require trained users

New IT requires investment in training to maximise its potential, a fact lawyers have yet to grasp, says Graham Scrivener. Graham Scrivener is sales and marketing director for Tuition Computer Training. COMPARED to other businesses the legal profession has traditionally taken a very considered approach to new technology. While the financial and retail industries, for […]

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