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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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Flotations & Financing

SJ Berwin & Co, headed by property finance partner David Ryland, has advised Schroders on the securitisation of the Chiswick Park Property Unit Trust which is acquiring the Chiswick Park business development site. The site is being acquired from a subsidiary of shipping group Kvaerner for £50m.

Cottage industries toast farm ruling

A recent Appeal Court ruling that wine making at a Shropshire vineyard is to be classed as an agricultural, not an industrial, process is set to have major implications in the farming world. Shropshire-based solicitor Niall Blackie has represented the vineyard owners during a protracted legal battle over their right to make and market wine […]

Paul Weiss plots to open in London

US firm Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison is to open an office in London. The 350-lawyer firm has been looking at options for launching in the City since early this year, joining the throng of transatlantic firms. Paul Weiss’s new managing partner Alfred Youngwood, who took up his post on 1 May, says: “We […]

Profession 'failing ethnic minorities'

Law firms are failing to implement race relations policies so that the majority of ethnic minority legal trainees struggle to find work after they finish training. The claim comes in Let’s Get It Right: Race and Justice 2000, a report by the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO), that shows only […]

Calling banking secrecy to account

Monty Raphael, senior partner, Peters & Peters David Kirk, managing partner, Muirhead & Burton Gwen Griffiths, head of banking, Hammond Suddards Last week, the assistant New York district attorney called for an end to banking secrecy laws which prohibit the exploration of confidential information on individuals and companies. John Moscow said at a conference marking […]

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