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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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Short’s Gunner be working late

There’s dedication to the cause, and then there’s Stephen Short. Simpson Thacher’s London acquisition finance geezer recently spent 14 days thinking about one thing, and one thing only – Arsenal’s Champion’s League return game against Real Madrid. Short travelled to the Bernabeu for the first leg, witnessing Thierry Henry’s superb individual strike first hand. Tulkinghorn […]

Report demands more diversity in the judiciary

The Commission for Judicial Appointments (CJA) has warned that there is still much work to be done before true diversity in the judiciary can be achieved. The CJA released its fifth and final annual report this week. In it the commission praised work that has been done to improve the judicial appointments’ process, including the […]

Hutchison 3G wins IP dispute with O2

Lewis Silkin has won a High Court victory on behalf of Hutchison 3G over the use of bubbles to advertise mobile phone networks. Partner Giles Crown acted for the company, which runs the 3 network, in its dispute with rival O2. O2 claimed that Hutchison’s use of bubble imagery in a television advertisement infringed its […]

Product liability

As Merck fights the case for its controversial rheumatoid arthritis drug Vioxx on both sides of the Atlantic, and with consumers becoming increasingly conscious of risks posed by unsafe food and other goods, The Lawyer turns the spotlight on product liability. This Product Liability Special Report examines the need for a unified framework for bringing […]

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