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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 teenager on work experience at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been jailed for five months after stealing thousands of pounds from the magic circle law firm. Titilayo Olaifa, who was on placement in Freshfields’ accounts department through the Career Academies UK internship programme, stole 11 cheques and wrote six totaling £60,000 to herself. Four of […]

Bredin Prat taps Freshfields for employment hire

French firm Bredin Prat has made a rare lateral hire, luring the head of the employment department at the Paris office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Pascale Lagesse has led the French employment practice at Freshfields since 2000, and her hire is part of the launch of an employment group at Bredin Prat, the French best […]

Links revamps Middle East management

Linklaters has overhauled its Middle East leadership team bringing in Milan co-managing partner Sarosh Mewawalla as Dubai managing partner and finance practice head. Mewawalla’s appointment, which comes into force from September, comes after incumbent Dubai managing partner Ewan Cameron was promoted to regional senior partner. Cameron will also become co-head of global M&A, alongside seven […]

No Longer Lost At Sea

Graham Kershaw looks at the implications for traders and carriers of the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods wholly and partly by Sea. If all goes to plan, the snappily titled Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea will be presented to the UN […]

Lovells promotes 82 to senior associate

Lovells has promoted 82 lawyers to senior associate position, with the bulk of promotions being made outside the UK. Forty-seven of the promotions were made in continental Europe, 24 in the UK, six in Asia and the Middle East, and five in the US The promotions follow the firm having made up 46 lawyers to […]

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