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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 […]

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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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What are we supposed to believe in the great debate on juries in serious fraud trials? Defence lawyers say juries are perfectly capable of deciding what is theft and what is not. Fraud prosecutors such as Rosalind Wright and some of the experts they employ, KPMG forensic accountants for example, claim that fraud trials are […]

Sinclairs sells up Singapore outfit to rival Watson Farley

Sinclair Roche & Temperley has sold its entire 10-lawyer Singapore business for a “substantial” sum to shipping rival Watson Farley Williams – giving Watson Farley its first foothold in Asia. Neale Gregson, Steven Burkill and Stuart McAlpine will join Watson Farley as partners and former office managing partner Stephen Fordham joins as a consultant on […]

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Dibb Lupton Alsop’s share of the costs run up by Imro, in its investigation of five Morgan Grenfell directors involved in the Peter Young affair came to £750,000. The length and cost of the investigation has been criticised by some in the City, one solicitor called the costs “astronomical”. Four of the directors – Glyn […]

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