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Implementation of EU anti-tax avoidance directive

The bill of law to implement the provisions of the EU Directive 2016/1164 on anti-tax avoidance (ATAD) in Luxembourg law was made available on 20 June 2018. Subject to parliamentary approval, Luxembourg will introduce controlled foreign corporation (CFC), interest deduction limitation and anti-hybrid rules. It will also modify its existing general anti-abuse rule..

Portugal: Competition and the right to compensation for damages

Act 23/2018, establishing the legal framework on the right to compensation for damages from infringements of competition law, was published on 5 June 2018. This legislative act transposes into Portuguese law the Directive 2014/104/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 26 November 2014, which established common rules to all Member States on […]

Pimlico Plumbers: the self-employed v brand debate

By Paula Rome The widely reported decision in Pimlico Plumbers emphasises the risks of retaining control over staff. However, such control can be key to protecting an organisations’ brand and reputation in the marketplace. Where does this leave us? What does control mean?

What do employers need to know about whistleblowing policies?

By Antonia Blackwell In this instalment of our ‘Breaking Down the Handbook’ series, we look at whistleblowing policies, why they are needed, what they should contain and what traps employers need to avoid. What does whistleblowing mean?

I’m divorced, that’s it, right?

By Miranda Nairn There is a common misconception that once in possession of a decree absolute (the final decree dissolving a marriage), your divorce is done and dusted and you and your ex-spouse can walk off into the sunset, in opposite directions, never to see or hear from each other again. In fact, unless you […]

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Ex-Lagerlof lawyers gain from break with Alliance

THE reputation of Lagerlof & Leman – the Swedish member of Linklaters & Alliance – has taken a knock with the revelation that the five ex-partners who set up a breakaway firm rather than join the alliance are billing almost twice as much as their ex-colleagues. According to the respected Swedish magazine, AffArs VArlden, the […]

In brief: Clarke Willmott acquires property practice

South-West firm Clarke Willmott & Clarke has acquired Bridgwater commercial property legal practice Michael Evans & Company. Clarke Willmott has 35 partners and 350 staff, and following the acquisition last month, the 18-strong staff of the target firm is moving into Clarke Willmott’s offices in Bridgwater, where partner Andrew Hannam will remain in charge. Pictured […]

Property

Cliff McAuley and Richard Hopkinson-Woolley of Clifford Chance advised Prestbury Group on the u1m-a-year letting of the Surrey Quays Retail Park to a continental sports retailer. The site will become the country’s largest sports superstore.

Daughter fights will decision

Sandra Espinosa, a Blackpool woman who looked after her father during the last seven years of his life, but was left nothing of an estate worth u200,000, has challenged a High Court ruling that she was not entitled to any provision from her father’s will. She is also challenging Mr Justice Johnson’s dismissal of her […]

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