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Addleshaw Goddard and Eversheds have scooped a joint instruction from private equity house 3i on its sale of Encon to Wolseley UK.

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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?

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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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Firm profile: Lane & Partners

Managing partner: Keith Gallon Turnover: £8m Total number of partners: 19 Total number of staff: 70 Main practice areas: Art, aviation and travel, commercial, commercial property, construction, corporate finance, insurance, IP and litigation/arbitration Key clients: ABB, Estée Lauder, Hyundai, Thames Water and Vodafone Number of offices: One Location: London “We believe there are real opportunities […]

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New York law firm Chadbourne & Parke has doubled its Russian presence, securing a three-lawyer team and the St Petersburg offices of Coudert Brothers to complement its other Coudert hires in Moscow and Almaty, Kazakhstan. Counsels Alexander Kalinov and Konstantin Osipov and associate Nonna Crane join Chadbourne in St Petersburg. Senior associate Ludmila Yegorova has also joined the US […]

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DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has appointed James Cameron as a partner in its aviation finance team. Cameron joins from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s finance group. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has elected 10 new partners and six new counsel, with effect from 1 January 2006. The newly elected partners and counsel are based in nine […]

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