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Tax ruling by Luxembourg to McDonald’s Europe franchising did not involve illegal state aid- European Commission

On 19 September 2018, the European Commission concluded that a tax ruling granted by Luxembourg to McDonald’s Europe Franchising did not constitute illegal State aid. The Commission acknowledged that Luxembourg had correctly applied the Luxembourg-United States tax treaty. While this decision concerns an individual case, it suggests that State aid rules are not an appropriate […]

Energy tax matters – Prinsjesdag 2018

The Budget Day Package 2018 contains a separate bill (‘Fiscal greening measures 2019’) with measures to reduce CO2 emissions. The proposal includes, among other things, the following changes in energy tax: Promoting electrification: shifting energy load from natural gas to electricity. The tariff in the first disc for natural gas is increased by EUR 3ct / m2, […]

UK real estate and competition law – An insight

By Samuel R Beighton On 18 September 2018, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (the “CMA”) announced that Heathrow airport (“Heathrow”) will pay a fine of £1.6 million in relation to an infringement of UK competition law arising from a restriction included within a commercial lease. Importantly, this case marks the first occasion that the CMA […]

Pre-purchase inspection is not a warranty

By Sandra Lando, Julie Djiezion For several years, there have been calls by some associations, including the Québec Association of Building Inspectors, for oversight of the work done by pre-purchase inspectors. On June 12, 2018, they resulted in the introduction of the Act mainly to improve the quality of buildings, the regulation of divided co‑ownership and the […]

Introduction of remediation agreement in Canada

By Glen Jennings, Matthew Doak The time has now arrived. A mechanism is finally in place in Canada that will allow for a better process to resolve criminal offences for corporations. In response to a consultation that ended in November 2017, the federal government introduced legislation amending the Criminal Code to allow for remediation agreements (better known as […]

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Legal aid solicitor to launch software for franchised firms

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Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 29/04/97

Mark Harwood Williams, admitted 1977, struck off 1995, practising at material times as R H Speechley Owen & Co, London NW10, Walford & Co, London NW2, and Carruthers & Co, London WC2H. Tribunal ordered that Law Society directions in September 1994 relating to inadequate professional service on part of Williams be treated for purposes of […]

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Zander slams Woolf

Lord Woolf’s proposed reforms of the civil justice system are doomed to failure and, far from improving civil justice, will make things significantly worse, according to a leading legal academic. Speaking at the Chancery Bar Association’s spring lecture on Monday, Michael Zander QC, professor of law at the London School of Economics, delivered a scathing […]

In brief: Randall quits Law Society after 10 years

John Randall, director of professional standards at the Law Society, has announced he is leaving the society where he worked for 10 years, to take up an appointment as chief executive of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Tony Girling, Law Society president, paid tribute to the way Randall “raised standards” within the profession. […]

McKennas is first UK firm to open second office in Poland

Mckenna & Co has announced the opening of its second office in Poland. The office in Gdansk makes McKennas the first English firm to have two offices in Poland, according to Robert Windmill, head of the firm’s Central European practice. The move coincides with McKenna’s involvement in the £900m A1 motorway project through the Gdansk […]

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