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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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Clyde & Co is planning further expansion across Asia after entering into a formal association with seven-partner Indonesian firm Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo (LGS). Clydes has formalised its longstanding relationship with the Jakarta-based firm with plans to focus on disputes, compliance and regulatory matters, as well as being able to share staff and benefit from the […]

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Shakespeares continues Midlands growth with two new mergers

Shakespeares has expanded again through two bolt-on acquisitions as it continues in its bid to be a £50m mid-tier heavyweight by 2014. The firm has confirmed the addition of Leicester-based Marrons, first mooted in May (31 May 2013) while also tying up with Coventry-based Newsome Vaughan. Marrons is intended to boost Shakespeares’ planning and property […]

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Twitter GC says we should all goof around more as he steps down

Twitter general counsel Alexander Macgillivray has surprised the social media sphere by stepping down from his role, passing the torch to legal director Vijaya Gadde. Macgillivray, known for his championing of free speech online, announced his departure on Friday (30 August) via Twitter, posting a link to his blog where he said he was looking […]

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The magic circle will be no more

Prediction: The global elite will split into two and magic circle will become a meaningless name tag In 2008 The Lawyer coined the phrase ‘Sweet Sixteen’ as part of our Transatlantic Elite research. It describe a group that was widely accepted as a band of elite firms based on revenue per lawyer, profitability, client base, lawyer […]

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