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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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Royal Mail puts feelers  out for IP-savvy lawyer

The Royal Mail has created two new in-house legal positions after a board-level review found that the company’s IP capability needed updating. Royal Mail is seeking a trademark and licensing lawyer for the marketing team and has transferred patents lawyer Andrew Brown from the legal department to IT purchasing and procurement. The roles will report […]

Can judges be mediators?

The rehabilitation of the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) is under way. But the court seems incapable of grabbing the headlines without a dollop of controversy. Mr Justice Jackson lays down his judgment today (5 June) in the Wembley-Multiplex litigation, one of the highest-profile cases of the year. As we report on page 1, he […]

Lovells offers trainees Save the Children

Lovells has introduced a pro bono trainee seat at the international charity Save the Children. The move follows a firm-wide poll to choose the firm’s charity, in which 1,300 staff voted online. Employees were asked to prioritise one of the UN Millennium Development Goals, and decided to focus on the elimination of child poverty. Save […]

Email regale

If you look hard enough, mild comedy can be found anywhere. Tulkinghorn is not above finding a giggle in the email addresses of law firms, with Bird & Bird‘s ‘Twobirds’ a constant source of amusement over the years (and one that received a new lease of life when the firm’s building was invaded by a […]

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