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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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In brief: White & Case

White & Case has advised on the US$1.1bn acquisition of Bank Pekao by a consortium of foreign investors. Witold Danilowicz, head of White & Case’s Warsaw office, says it is the largest foreign investment in Poland.

Birmingham set in recruitment drive

Birmingham set 8 Fountain Court Chambers is on a major recruitment drive after losing barristers to rival chambers. It is believed to be in negotiations with Claremont Chambers in Wolverhampton. Its tenants are understood to have made a group application to join 8 Fountain Court. So far, only four offers are thought to have been […]

Property

SJ Berwin advised Chelsfield on its recent purchase of the City Gate office complex at Southwark Bridge, London, from Brixton Estate. Complex tenants include Unisys and the Insurance Ombudsman Bureau. The SJ Berwin team was led by John Eldridge, assisted by Tessa Rudnick and Julie Hasselberg. Jackie Newstead of Lovell White Durrant acted for Brixton […]

Watchdog urges Law Soc to clear complaints

The Law Society has a “major credibility problem” and is unlikely to deliver on its promise to clean up its complaints handling record, claims the Legal Services Ombudsman, Ann Abraham. She expressed her doubts at last week’s council meeting, despite members agreeing to give the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) a massive u5.9m […]

Berwin Leighton turns to EU law to fight quarantine system

City firm Berwin Leighton is using EU law in an attempt to overthrow the UK’s 100-year-old animal quarantine system. It is representing the Quarantine Abolition Fighting Fund in a case that hinges on whether the UK Government’s failure to implement a vaccination-based passport system for pets is illegal. The parties are still awaiting judgment. Berwin […]

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