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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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Disclosure rules could cause chaos say Law Society

The Law Society today (25 October) warned that rushing in new disclosure rules in criminal cases could cause chaos. The society’s warning came after the Prime Minister announced that juries could be told of a defendant’s previous convictions from December. Earlier plans were for the new measures, part of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, to […]

Complaint feint

The Legal Services Complaints Commissioner is on a mission to get the Law Society’s complaints-handling in order and is now equipped with powers to impose a £1m fine. By Jon Robins If the Law Society is supping at the last chance saloon over its continuing failure to sort out its act over complaints-handling – as […]

Herbert Smith closes first RBS leveraged financing after panel win

Herbert Smith has closed its first leveraged financing for Royal Bank of Scotland after winning its coveted place on the £100m plus deals panel last November. The firm successfully advised RBS on a funding package for Cygnet Healthcare, a provider of psychiatric treatment and care centres in the UK. The size of the deal has […]

US mergers rise 25 per cent

Law firm merger activity is on the rise in the US, as the size of smaller firms continues to dwindle, according to a new survey. The statistics, released by Hildebrandt International’s MergerWatch, show that there were 44 completed US law firm mergers in the first three quarters of 2004 – more than 25 per cent […]

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