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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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Welsh Assembly practice decision provides boost for Welsh lawyers

Welsh lawyers are hoping to cash in on extra work following a ruling allowing challenges to Welsh Assembly decisions to be heard in Cardiff not London. A practice direction issued last week by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham, creates a Crown Office in Cardiff. The direction also advises lawyers on how to spot devolutionary […]

Premier Oil head of legal quits

Energy group Premier Oil is losing its head of legal and senior lawyer as the company struggles to cope with a loss of millions of pounds. Claudia Keenan, head of legal and company secretary, and Nick Shepherd, senior lawyer both accepted voluntary redundancy after the company announced its intention to reduce overheads and cut costs. […]

Why did the Formula One deal crash?

Motor racing fans will know, having spent a frustrating Saturday afternoon watching a hastily scheduled movie instead of their Formula One heroes, that the legal battle between ITV Sport and Bernie Ecclestone, president of the Formula One Constructors Association, is far from over. Despite paying out £72m in a five-year deal for the broadcasting rights […]

Property

Property lawyer Jim Garton led the Nabarro Nathanson team which advised GE Capital Corporation (Estates) on its purchase of St Tydfil Sq Shopping Centre, Merthyr Tydfil, from Chesterfield Properties for £20.9m. Chesterfield Properties was represented by Titmuss Sainer Dechert.

In brief: Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn

Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn, the French inter-national firm, has poached an international litigation team from its Parisian rivals Jeantet & Associes. Partner Bruno Leurent is taking colleagues Nathalie Meyer-Fabre and Marina Legrand with him. Leurent is currently acting as chairman on a panel of Commissioners at the UN Claim Commission in Geneva which is deciding […]

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