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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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Invensys

In the year since Invensys was created from the merger between Siebe and BTR, the company’s legal structure has undergone many changes. Siebe general counsel James Bays took over as head of the newly-merged legal operation and cut the 40-strong legal team to 32. He also installed a general counsel in each of the company’s […]

Freehills patents arm merges

The intellectual property arm of leading Australian firm Freehill Hollingdale & Page is to merge with niche practice Carter Smith & Beadle. Freehill Patent Attorneys (FPA) will join forces with Carter Smith at the beginning of May to form Freehills Carter Smith Beadle. The new firm will have 27 partners out of a total 87 […]

Bank set for first ever panel review

One of the largest banks in the UK is about to launch its first ever domestic panel review. The National Australia Bank (NAB), which has a market capitalisation of £12bn, owns the Yorkshire and Clydesdale banks. It is the largest bank in the UK after the four main retail banks. Its UK firms include Addleshaw […]

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