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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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Pump Court trio quit for rival

Three barristers have quit 1 Pump Court to go to Doughty Street Chambers. The departures include leading civil liberties and housing junior Robert Latham, who set up the chambers and was, effectively, its head. Latham and fellow housing specialists Tracey Bloom and Stephen Reeder start at 48-tenant Doughty Street on Monday this week. Bloom said: […]

Time for law's lone guns to unite

The drive towards franchising is bringing with it a supermarket culture – and small firms will lose out. Solicitors’ chambers may be the answer, says Christie Davies. Christie Davies is Professor of Sociology at the University of Reading and co-author of Wrongful Imprisonment. The late 1990s are not an easy or optimistic time for small […]

Slaughters Paris partners

Slaughter and May is making up two new partners in its Paris office, bringing the number of partners up to six. Solicitor and avocat Alexander Blackburn and avocat Brigitte Leclerc, both corporate lawyers, will be formally promoted next week.

Local quartet to play for 10 Park Square

Leeds chambers 10 Park Square has poached four barristers from a neighbouring common law set. Anthony Hajimitsis, Simon Waley, Simon Reevell and Aelred Hookway have joined the chambers from 39 Park Square, a 14-tenant set headed by Timothy Bubb. Hajimitsis and Hookway are family practitioners specialising in ancillary relief and child care cases. Waley is […]

Council in Chelsea flat appeal

Kensington and Chelsea council is taking its legal battle over alleged planning consent breaches relating to two Chelsea leasehold flats to the House of Lords. The council has been given leave to appeal against earlier court rulings which over-turned breach of condition notices served on flat owners, Lawrie Plantation Services (LPS). The notices were served […]

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