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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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In brief: Firm warns of student housing pitfalls

University housing officers have been told to review their student accommodation policies following an increase in the number of “house in multiple occupation” classifications being issued by local authorities. The Birmingham office of Martineau Johnson has warned that the classification – generally defined as a property occupied by people who do not form a single […]

Legal groups win round in battle against disclosure Bill

LEGAL groups opposed to the disclosure reforms in the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Bill have secured amendments in its second reading in the House of Lords. The Law Society, Liberty, Justice and the Bar Council welcome new requirements on the prosecution. Under the changes, the prosecution will have to supply the defence with a description […]

Group pleads for pro bono help in action

INVESTORS who lost about £8 million through allegedly poor advice from collapsed retirement financial services firm Knight Williams need lawyers on a pro bono basis to help them recover their money. Kenneth Jordan, chair of the Knight Williams Investors Action Group, said: “We are open to suggestions. We would like legal representation but cannot afford […]

In brief: Townsends clinches Italian work

Swindon law firm Townsends has been instructed by two Italian construction companies in a multi-million pound dispute with Italian-owned, UK-based sub contractor Lucchini. Townsends will represent Milanese companies Girola SPA and Impressa Castelli SPA in the case which concerns earth and asphalt works in the construction of the M74 motorway in Scotland.

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