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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.


Global infrastructure boom

A dramatic increase in work has helped Clifford Chance beat rivals Linklaters and Baker & McKenzie to become the leading firm advising on privately-funded infrastructure projects. Despite growing economic uncertainty around the world, the volume and value of projects underway has grown for most leading firms. However, Clifford Chance has swept the board with a […]

In brief: Patent Office puts trade mark register online

The Patent Office has posted the UK trade marks register on the Internet. The new service will be of use to anyone needing to demonstrate or verify the ownership or status of a trade mark on the register. Peter Lawrence, director of trade marks at the Patent Office, said the move was “the latest phase […]

Law centre first victim of franchising deadline

A Catch 22 situation has placed North Lewisham Law Centre in danger of becoming the first victim of the deadline for legal aid franchising – condemned as “too tight” by legal aid practitioners and the Law Society. The centre has not yet applied for a franchise – the deadline for which is 31 December – […]

Clayton Utz boasts it is best in Australia

Clayton Utz has seized on a newly published Australian legal directory to claim it is the best national firm in Australia. The firm, which is the fourth largest on the continent with 173 partners, wins the highest number of top ratings in the influential Legal Profiles for the 30 practice areas Clayton Utz has identified […]

Solicitors give White Paper thumbs up

Despite fierce Bar Council opposition to extending rights of audience, the legal profession is overwhelmingly supporting the Lord Chancellor’s consultation paper. Of 100 responses to the paper, 64 backed the proposals, 12 opposed, 11 were neutral or did not comment, and 13 were mixed. The paper, which outlined plans to allow solicitors and Crown prosecutors […]

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