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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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Andersen

Andersen Legal, the legal division of accountancy firm Arthur Andersen, has increased its fee income by 17 per cent to £377m for the year ended in August. Associated Scottish law firm Dundas & Wilson contributed £30m and its five Garretts offices posted an 18 per cent income despite losses prompting the closure of the Leeds […]

Eversheds steps up Euro plan with Dutch merger By Matheu Swallow

The merger with BDN, a top corporate and commercial practice in The Netherlands, adds to Eversheds‘ European offices in Paris, Monaco, Brussels, Moscow, and associated offices in Copenhagen and Sofia. Victor Semmens, Eversheds’ international director, says: “The Netherlands is an important trading partner of the UK, Germany and France and is the second-largest magnet for […]

Mostyn-Williams quits

Shearman & Sterling‘s highly-rated head of European acquisition finance Stephen Mostyn-Williams has decided to leave the firm. Sources say he is considering a number of options, but is believed to be on the verge of joining a private equity fund as a principal. Mostyn-Williams has been with Shearmans since September 1998, when he joined from […]

Kamlesh

Kamlesh Bahl, former vice-president of the Law Society, told a tribunal last week that a disciplinary hearing in which she faced allegations of bullying was “uncivilised, barbaric and undignified”. The disciplinary hearing took place in December 1999, before the 75-member Law Society council. Bahl is accusing the Law Society of sexual and racial discrimination, victimisation […]

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