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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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Lord Chancellor addresses ethnic minorities shortfall

The Lord Chancellor’s Department is launching a research project to investigate why so few ethnic minority and women applicants become Queen’s Counsel or judges. This year, of 553 applications to become silk, only 27 came from ethnic minority lawyers and 45 from women. This represents only 13 per cent of all applications. Lincoln Crawford, chair […]

Richard Cranfield

Ryan Dunleavy meets Richard Cranfield, the new head of corporate law at Allen & Overy, who despite his love of tradition, is planning a few changes. WHEN entering the office of Allen & Overy’s new head of corporate law Richard Cranfield, it is instantly obvious that the man is a traditionalist. The walls of his […]

Pensions duel could be deadly for Equitable Life

Denton Hall and Norton Rose are advising in a High Court test case which could sound the death knell of the UK’s largest mutual life insurer. A Denton Hall team, led by senior partner in litigation and arbitration Cindy Leslie, is fighting on behalf of Equitable Life in the case, which concerns guaranteed annuities. If […]

In brief: Brooke North

Brooke North, the Leeds-based firm, has taken over local firm Coates & Co, taking the number of partners to 16. David Coates and John Barket from Coates, which is a company commercial and commercial property practice, have joined the practice where they both worked as assistants in the 1970s.

Financings

David Clay of north-west firm Davies Wallis Foyster advised Reflec on its £2.5m share placing on the alternative investment market, AIM. The re-financing follows a damaging patent dispute in the US last year.

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