Category Archives: UK case

Latest developments in the Micula saga

The Supreme Court was due to hear this week appeals from the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Micula v Romania.  This dispute centres on the clash between an international investment arbitration award (rendered under the ICSID Convention), and … Continue reading

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UK tax exemption ruled to be illegal State aid: reports emerge that HMRC may have to recover “tens to hundreds of millions of pounds” from beneficiary businesses.

We are grateful to Jonathan Branton and Alexander Rose of DWF for contributing this article.  On 2nd April 2019 the European Commission concluded that a tax break introduced in the Finance Act 2012 constitutes unlawful State aid to certain multi-national … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal rules on State aid in Sky Blue No. 2

On 12 October 2018 the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in the latest State aid challenge brought by the owners of Coventry City Football Club against Coventry City Council: R (Sky Blue Sports & Leisure Ltd) v Coventry City Council [2018] EWCA Civ 2252. This blog comments on this latest judgment in the Sky Blue saga. Continue reading

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Stay of Micula brothers’ ICSID award upheld by Court of Appeal

On 27 July 2018, the Court of Appeal (Arden, Hamblen and Leggatt LLJ) handed down its judgment in Micula and others v Romania [2018] EWCA Civ 1801, a case concerning the intersection of international law rules for investment arbitration with EU law rules on State aid. Continue reading

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Sky Blue Sports v Coventry City Council

Those who have been following the above case, and who read George’s blog post on the first instance judgment of Mr Justice Hickinbottom, may be interested to know that the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment on this case … Continue reading

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Songwriters and State resources – today’s judgment in the BASCA case

In today’s judgment in the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills case, Green J allowed the application for judicial review of the new section 28B of the Copyright, Designs and … Continue reading

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Final Commission decision in aggregates case

The European Commission has, today, adopted its long-awaited decision on the UK aggregates levy, following a formal investigation that commenced in July 2013. (See previous blog posts for earlier events in this saga, which dates back to 2002.) The decision … Continue reading

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Hot off the press: judgment in Addison Lee taxi case

The European Court of Justice handed down its judgment in the Addison Lee taxis-in-bus-lanes saga this morning. You can access the judgment here. Commentary will follow in due course …

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Advocate General opinion in Addison Lee “taxis in bus lanes” case

On Wednesday this week, Advocate General Wahl handed down his opinion in Case C-518/13 Eventech v Parking Adjudicator. It makes interesting reading, but does not reach any firm conclusions as to the question of whether TfL’s policy of allowing black … Continue reading

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Clear blue sky for rescue investment: the High Court’s decision in R(Sky Blue Sports) v Coventry CC

The High Court has now given judgment on the claim by Sky Blue Sports (“SISU”) against Coventry City Council (“Coventry”) (R(Sky Blue Sports) v Coventry CC [2014] EWHC 2089 (Admin)). SISU claimed that Coventry’s decision to lend £14.4 million to … Continue reading

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