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Commission may have 'gone too far' in saying that Starbucks' Netherlands tax arrangements constitute state aid, says expert

The preliminary view published by the European Commission that an agreement between the  Dutch tax authorities and coffee shop operator Starbucks amounts to unlawful state aid, may have "gone too far", according to Caroline Ramsay, a state aid expert... 14 Nov 2014

Firms penalised by statutory price restrictions on branded medicines could receive compensation, says UK government

Certain pharmaceutical companies covered by the statutory pricing scheme that lost out when the UK government cut prices of their branded medicines at the end of last year could be entitled to compensation, the Department of Health (DoH) has announced. 07 Nov 2014

Out-Law Guides

  • Introduction to state aid

    Under European Union rules it is illegal for EU countries to give financial help to some companies and not others in a way which would distort fair competition. This help is called state aid, and the rules barring it are enforced by the European Commission...

  • Tax and procurement

    This guide was updated in March 2014

  • Green procurement in the public sector

    This guide is based on UK law. It was written and last reviewed in January 2010. It is part of a series of OUT-LAW guides on green IT . The UK Government's Sustainable Procurement Action Plan...

  • The Public Procurement Regulations of 2006: an introduction

    This guide has been superseded. Instead, please see our guide on Public procurement law: the basics . The guide below is out of date and is no longer updated. The rules affecting procurement of...

  • Public procurement law: the basics

    This guide is based on UK law and focuses on the current public, and not utilities, procurement rules. The law stated is up to date as at 6 February 2013.

Leaked documents show 'tax rulings' from Luxembourg allowed over 300 companies to cut tax bills

Over 300 multinational companies appear to have saved "billions of dollars in taxes" after obtaining 'tax rulings' from authorities in Luxembourg, journalists have claimed. 06 Nov 2014

Industry 'advisory board' appointed to enforce prompt payments to suppliers

Leading UK businesses have been appointed to enforce and raise awareness of the Prompt Payment Code, an industry-led initiative which aims to ensure that suppliers are paid on time and treated fairly. 30 Oct 2014

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