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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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First chief exec for family lawyers

Legal Action Group director Karen Mackay appointed to new role at Solicitors Family Law Association after management review The current director of the Legal Action Group Karen Mackay has been appointed as the Solicitors Family Law Association’s (SFLA) first chief executive. The appointment follows a management review carried out for the SFLA last year. Mackay […]

Freshfields, Norton Rose, Lovells finalise Tube PPP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Lovells and Norton Rose have finally completed most of the London Underground public-private partnership (PPP) work on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines’ infrastructure. It is one of the most high-profile and complex PPPs to date and the largest to complete in 2002. Lovells acted for the Tube Lines consortium, consisting of […]

Wessing turnover up 10 per cent

The German half of Taylor Wessing has posted a 10 per cent increase in turnover for the 2002 calendar year, to £44m The legacy Wessing equity partnership saw profits remain the same as 2001 at £250,000 per equity partner. Wessing formally merged with City firm Taylor Joynson Garrett (TJG) in September last year, but the […]

Pillsbury hires first UK-qualified partner

US FIRM Pillsbury Winthrop has hired technology partner Ashley Winton from Osborne Clarke’s Reading office as its first UK-qualified partner in London The appointment is Pillsbury’s first significant move to bolster London as it pursues its dual strategy of making lateral hires while seeking a UK merger partner. Pillsbury London managing partner Dave Snyder told […]

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