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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 partner numbers down at Freshfields

Freshfields has dropped the number of annual partner promotions by a third and has continued to shun London lawyers in favour of its overseas offices. Last year the firm made up 17 of its lawyers to partner level, while this year the number is down to 11. Only four in the London office have joined […]

Oyster farmer seeks damages on appeal

Roger Pearson reports on a Cornish oyster farmer granted a second chance to sue Plymouth Council for loss of earnings. A CORNISH oyster farmer has won the right to mount a second damages claim against Plymouth City Council over the loss of oysters he claims were worth u43,000. He says they died as a result […]

Judges face greater risk

Although the murder of Northern Ireland solicitor Rosemary Nelson was a disgrace which underlines the need for decommissioning by terrorist groups, I was appalled by your editorial “Brave lawyers standing up for the rule of law” (22 March), in which you make a number of serious and uncorroborated allegations against the RUC. Let me remind […]

Jersey giant Mourants opens in London to build client links

The Channel Islands’ largest firm Mourant du Feu & Jeune is opening a London office. Mourants will be the first Jersey firm to establish an office in the capital. The office will practise Jersey law and will concentrate on corporate and finance work. Mourants’ managing partner, Richard Jeune, says the office will make the firm […]

Dibbs asked to advise Latvian govt on EU entry

Dibb Lupton Alsop has been chosen to advise the Latvian parliament as part of the country’s preparation to join the EU. Associate Mike Pullen, of Dibbs’ Brussels office, will offer guidance on the compatibility of the country’s public procurement law with the EU’s public procurement directives. Dibbs has also advised the Lithuanian government in the […]

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