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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.


Simmons scoops instruction from Clifford Chance regular Permira

The Italian office of Simmons & Simmons has scored a massive coup by winning a first-time instruction from private equity house Permira. Simmons’ recently-appointed European private equity head Marco Franzini advised Permira and established client Private Equity Partners on their investment in Marazzi Gruppo Cera-miche, the world’s largest manufacturer of ceramic tiles. Clifford Chance has […]

Landwell Paris loses tax partner to B&M

Ex-accountancy firm Landwell & Associés has lost another tax partner, this time to Baker & McKenzie’s Paris office. Thierry Vialaneix joins the global firm’s tax practice as a partner to strengthen its VAT expertise. He arrives after four years with Landwell, where he was also a partner, and joins 30 other lawyers within Bakers’ French […]

Martin Knox, Anthony Collins senior partner

Birmingham’s Anthony Collins Solicitors is mourning the death of senior partner Martin Knox, who died on 30 October aged 48. Knox began his career in-house at Sheffield and Birmingham City Councils before joining Anthony Collins in 1989, where he specialised in social housing. He became senior partner, taking over from Anthony Collins, in May 2003. […]

DCA targets legal aid in asylum cases with new consultation

The Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) is launching a six-week consultation into proposed new legal aid arrangements for asylum seekers. Under a new appeals system coming into force in April next year, asylum seekers will be able to challenge decisions of the Asylum & Immigration Tribunal (AIT) in the High Court if they believe an […]

Grapevine – Lawyer News Weekly

For those of you who woke up this morning to the sound ofCharlie Falconer on The Today Programme criticising claimsfarmers – here’s the antidote. For those of you who woke up this morning to the sound of Charlie Falconer on The Today Programme criticising claims farmers (see article) – here’s the antidote. The more reputable […]

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