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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.


NY group uses German law to spark Abu Ghraib investigation

Legal precedent was set last Tuesday (30 November) as a New York human rights organisation filed a complaint in Germany against US officials over alleged torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The Centre for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a not-for-profit legal group, is using a German law granting universal jurisdiction to ask the Federal Prosecutor’s […]

B&M, Linklaters sued as F1 teams cry negligence

Pinsents instructed after Williams and McLaren miss out on sell-off of F1 commercial and media rights Linklaters and Baker & McKenzie (B&M) are facing negligence claims that could run into millions of pounds over advice they gave to two Formula 1 (F1) motor racing teams. According to court documents served earlier this year, Williams Grand […]

RAC attacks plans to raise small claims limit

The RAC has hit out at recent proposals to raise the ‘small claims’ limit for personal injury work to £5,000. RAC Legal Services head Jonathan Gulliford said the plans, outlined recently by the Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer, are a “retrograde step” that would seriously affect many people claiming compensation for injuries. “£5,000 is a lot […]

Royal & SunAlliance settles on Herbies for Japan sell-off

Herbert Smith’s growing Tokyo office has pulled off a coup with an instruction from Royal & SunAlliance (RSA). Although RSA is one of Herbert Smith’s biggest clients globally, the firm had to face a beauty parade to win an instruction on the disposal of its Japanese business to AIG. Led by Tokyo managing partner Steve […]

Separated at birth

Is it Ant or is it Dec? What fun the world has had over the last few years playing that ‘which one is it?’ game with everybody’s favourite diminutive Geordie TV presenter double act. In fact, it’s neither. The smiling cheeky chappy at the head of the page is none other than Tim Pugh, planning […]

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