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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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Oppenhoffs in Berlin split

US firm Hogan & Hartson is poised to open in Berlin after ongoing discussions with a group of Oppenhoff & Rädler lawyers. The group – thought to include at least 10 partners – is splitting from the firm following the merger with Linklaters & Alliance. The team is led by media and telecoms partner Christo-ph […]

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Pro-hunt lobbyists. The Scottish Countryside Alliance claims that the people who would be made redundant if a bill banning fox hunting in Scotland becomes law, will be able to claim potential earnings for the rest of their working lives. The organisation says that according to the European Convention on Human Rights, job losses can no […]

… as it loses leading retail partner to Irwin Mitchell

Leading property lawyer Frewin Jenkins has left Manches & Co to join Irwin Mitchell’s commercial property team as a partner. Jenkins, who specialises in retail and service charges, will be joining an expanding team that works with high-street clients, such as Thorntons, Minit UK and Etam. Her arrival at the London office comes just days […]

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