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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 […]

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SCB pay-outs go through the roof

LATEST figures from the Law Society reveal that pay-outs from the Solicitors’ Complaints Bureau reached an historic high in 1993 – but dishonesty and shoddy work will ensure the record is broken again in 1994. Solicitors spent u23 million last year bailing out their professional colleagues – up by more than 50 per cent on […]

Eversheds Jaques talks 'going well'

Talks between national law firm Eversheds and City-based Jaques & Lewis are said to be going well. If a merger went ahead, Jaques & Lewis would become the Eversheds London office, with Eversheds staff leaving the Gunpowder Square office and moving into Victoria Street. The move would create the country’s largest law firm with over […]

Barrister gets chair in criminal justice

Barrister Roy Light has been appointed Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Light, who practises on the South Western Circuit, is based at the city’s St John’s Chambers. He is an acknowledged authority on several aspects of the criminal justice system including alcohol-related crime, car crime and the […]

Pinsents partner finds common purpose

Pinsent & Co senior partner Julian Tonks has been appointed chair of educational organisation Birmingham Common Purpose. Common Purpose, which runs study programmes in 26 cities throughout the UK in areas such as crime and justice and economy and employment, is aimed at “high-fliers” from the public, private and voluntary sectors. Participants attend a series […]

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