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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?

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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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Valuation gets sent back to court

A judge’s calculation in a negligent property valuation case has been sent back for a closer look. Roger Pearson reports. A major property valuation dispute has been sent back to the High Court. The Court of Appeal has overturned a 1998 High Court decision by Mr Justice Wright in the case of Arab Bank v […]

Freehills partner quits

A Freehill Hollingdale & Page partner – currently suing two French partners over allegations that he got up close and personal with one of their associates – is leaving the Australian firm. Stephen Stern has left Freehills Melbourne office to set up his own niche trade practices law and intellectual property firm following a disagreement […]

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“Thank you, Mr Fayed. For me at any rate, it has been a memorable four-and-a-half days.” -Desmond Browne QC expresses his gratitude on completion of his cross-examination of Mohamed Al Fayed. The owner of Harrods has entertained the High Court with extraordinary allegations during the libel case brought against him by Neil Hamilton, the former […]

Linklaters lands £1bn Tube telecoms deal

Linklaters & Alliance, Freshfields and Norton Rose are all working on London Underground’s latest billion pound PFI project. Last week London Underground awarded a £1.2bn contract for radio and transmission services for the Tube network to the consortium CityLink Telecommunications which includes Motorola, Racal Electronics, Hyder Investments, Charterhouse Project Equity Investments and Fluor International. Freshfields […]

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