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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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Escalating fees force Switalski to switch lawyers

Former F&C Asset Management head of legal Gillian Switalski has sidelined Withers in favour of Blake Lapthorn Tarlo Lyons due to the spiralling legal costs of her £19m discrimination claim against her former employers. Withers successfully represented Switalski in two tribunals for her claims of sexual discrimination, harassment and victimisation against F&C. Elaine Aarons, partner […]

BLP matches magic circle NQ salary rate

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is the latest mid market firm to raise its newly qualified solicitor (NQ) salary band to close to magic circle rates. The firm has increased its NQ pay rate by 4.84 per cent to £65,000. This matches Allen & Overy‘s NQ rate, which was frozen at £65,000 this year, and comes […]

Clifford Chance partner to chair ICC arbitration court

The beleaguered International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration in Paris has appointed replacement chairmen, following the current chairman’s recent shock resignation. Current chairman Pierre Tercier, who will leave the post on 30 June, will be succeeded by Salans co-founder Carl Salans as interim chairman. Salans will be replaced by Clifford Chance’s global […]

BLP suffers drop in profits

Berwin Leighton Paisner has suffered a drop of six per cent in its PEP from £660,000 to £620,000 this year, despite a 10 per cent rise in revenue to £186m. A spokesperson at the firm said: “This comes in a year when we have invested heavily in our international strategy, in coaching, mentoring and in […]

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