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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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Sun Alliance & London, advised by DJ Freeman has bought Great West Plaza in Brentford for u25m from Chelsfield Property Investments, advised by Carter Lemon.

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Crisis over recruitment

The profession is facing a serious issue which the members of the Council of the Law Society continue to ignore. Thousands of students who have passed solicitors’ finals or the LPC have been unable to secure articles. The society’s own research shows that it is extremely difficult to find articles. White people have only a […]

Firms vie for roads scheme work

A HANDFUL of heavyweight law firms are gearing themselves up for the next phase of the battle for the Government’s prized privately financed road schemes. Baker & McKenzie, McKen-na & Co, Linklaters & Paines, Freshfields and Scottish firm McGrigor Donald are all acting for consortia which have won places on a shortlist to submit tenders […]

Deacons carve-up 'hit by delays'

LAWYERS involved in the take-over of collapsed firm Deacon Goldrein Green have hit out at “abysmal” delays in the transfer of files. Merseyside practice J Keith Park & Co was given the go- ahead last week to take over Deacon’s head office and five branch offices. Client files from the remaining 12 offices will be […]

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