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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.


Linklaters to open offices in Italy and Spain

Linklaters & Paines is to open offices in Italy and Spain as part of what it calls a “stronger commitment to continental Europe”. Managing partner Terence Kyle is drawing up plans which he will present to partners before the end of the year. He was recently given the go-ahead by Linklaters’ management committee to pursue […]

In brief: Clients get advice from Law Soc leaflet

The Law Society has published a new leaflet – Working with Your Solicitor – which advises clients on how to get the best out of their relationship with a solicitor. The leaflet provides information on choosing a solicitor, preparing for a first meeting and dealing with costs. It includes a checklist for clients.

Pinsents lures Dibbs' commercial head to lead its national litigation

Pinsent Curtis has brought off a coup by poaching leading Manchester litigator Nigel Kissack from Dibb Lupton Alsop to be its national head of litigation. Kissack – who is currently negotiating his departure date – was Alsop Wilkinson’s Manchester managing partner until its merger with Dibb Lupton Broomhead in June last year. He then became […]


Legal aid partner jailed for 'wicked' green form fraud

THE FORMER head of a Lancashire firm dubbed a “den of thieves” by a Crown Court judge has been jailed for 15 months for defrauding the Legal Aid Board (LAB) of more than £1m. Gary Grosberg, whose firm Grosberg & Co was closed down by the Law Society in 1994, was found guilty of conspiracy […]

Scots pull out all the stops at ABA conference

AN Aggressive drive by the Law Society of Scotland to sell Scotland as the gateway to Europe for US firms has seen it launch the largest promotional campaign of any foreign bar at the ABA conference in San Francisco. The society, led by president John Elliot, has teamed up with 10 Scottish firms to run […]

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