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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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BT: charges for use of lines No declaratory relief when no cause of action Summary: Court will not grant declaratory relief where there is no dispute or cause of action between the parties. Defendants’ appeal against refusal by the Commercial Court to strike out the plaintiffs’ claim for declarations as to licensing charges for use […]

Liberals challenge Euro election result

Roger Pearson A case scheduled for November could break new ground in election law. The action has been brought by the Liberal Democrats and follows the defeat of the party’s candidate for Devon and Plymouth in the European elections held in June this year. Their candidate, Adrian Saunders was beaten after a recount by Tory […]

Bristol Law Soc president to act for West

President of the Bristol Law Society Tony Miles is acting for Frederick West, the Gloucester builder facing mass murder charges. Miles, a partner with Bobbetts Mackan, takes charge of the case from Cheltenham sole practitioner Howard Ogden, who was dropped by West last week. Ogden, known in the area as Oggie, refused to comment on […]

Rev Jesse Jackson set to open 10,000 strong ABA conference

THE Reverend Jesse Jackson was due to give the keynote speech on the criminal justice system at the American Bar Association (ABA) conference as The Lawyer went to press. The conference is set to be one of the biggest ever, with 10,000 delegates and 3,000 guests at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. William […]

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Though there is an underlying note of caution about the long-term outlook among firms in Northern Ireland, lawyers in the province say they are engaged on the large amount of work generated before the ceasefire breakdown. However, others believe the ceasefire has not de facto broken in the province. They attributed this to the low […]

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