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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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Haarmanns hires boost European presence

Haarmann Hemmelrath & Partner is strengthening its European links as it takes on a Central and Eastern European expert as a partner in its Berlin office. Business lawyer Peter Diedrich joined at the beginning of October from Quack, a successor to the now defunct Gaedertz.Diedrich specialises in contract law, company restructuring and reorganisation, investment, joint […]

Thomas Cooper extends into Canada

Thomas Cooper & Stibbard has opened an office in Vancouver to expand its shipping network. Shipping lawyer Mark Sachs will head the office and will be the only partner based there, although the 19-partner firm hopes to expand the office in the future.Sachs, admitted in both Canada and the UK, is the head of Thomas […]

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