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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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A recent industry report has rubbished the idea of a compensation culture, but with businesses being put under increasing pressure from insurance premiums, who can identify where the real problems lie? Jon Robins reports Every little darling that falls off a horse is someone else’s fault,” says Barry Peachey, a leading expert witness in horse-related […]

Irwin Mitchell tax group branches out into new venture

Irwin Mitchell’s tax team has broken away to set up a specialist company 4 Eyes Ltd. The new entity will specialise in VAT and customs duties, and boasts a strong tribunal practice as well as a VAT compliance and planning function. The split from Irwin Mitchell was “entirely amicable” and 4 Eyes has taken a […]

Ashurst takes on QC for Co-op retrial

Ashurst has appointed Stuart Catchpole QC of 39 Essex Street to litigate the retrial of the Co-op’s epic case against Fujitsu Services. Catchpole takes over from Christopher Carr QC of One Essex Court, who was counsel for the Co-op’s successful appeal against Mr Justice Seymour’s outrageous first instance judgment. Richard Mawrey QC of Henderson Chambers […]

Dechert taps Morgan Lewis for securitisation haul

Dechert has swooped on Morgan Lewis & Bockius, taking an eight-lawyer securitisation team including the former chairman of the group. Steven Molitor, a partner with Morgan Lewis for over 10 years, this week led the team of attorneys to Dechert’s Philadelphia office. During his time at Morgan Lewis before which he practised with New York’s […]

Osborne Clarke astounds with 30 per cent profit hike

Osborne Clarke has announced a record set of financial year figures, with provisional profits per partner (PPP) rising by 30 per cent. Profits have risen to £303,000 from £233,000 in 2002/3003. The hike takes the firm back above 2001/2002 levels, when the firm recorded profits of £270,000. Revenue for the 2003/2004 financial year is up […]

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