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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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Law Society members are voting on a fundamental overhaul of the Society’s charter which could see non-lawyers become fee-paying, non-voting “associate members”. The ballot is set to conclude tomorrow but a number of solicitors are heavily opposed to the reforms, which they fear could dilute the body’s ability to represent solicitors’ best interests. The postal […]

New William Grant counsel to push CSR

Whisky company William Grant & Sons has hired Coca-Cola Enterprises legal chief Eva Bishop as its first-ever general counsel, handing her the remit for a new corporate social responsibility (CSR) drive. Bishop will join the ­company at the start of next year, reporting to CEO Roland van Bommel. Current head of legal Andrew McLean will […]

Ofgem snubs law firms over energy supplier probe

Energy watchdog Ofgem has cut out the middle man and gone straight to the bar for advice on its investigation into energy suppliers. The regulator instructed 13-year-call ;barrister Thomas de la Mare of Blackstone Chambers to assist on the seven-month inquiry. Ofgem found that at least 4.3 million customers were being overcharged but did not […]

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BSkyB’s recent court battle with Virgin Media has provided fresh support for the principle that a client’s right to choose their lawyer is paramount, says Rachel Couter The Court of Appeal has judicially determined that a client’s right to choose their lawyer is paramount and should not be displaced unless absolutely essential. It is a […]

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