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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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The Ministry of Justice today (15 May) announced six new QCs for Northern Ireland. Solicitor Barra McGrory from Belfast-based firm P J McGrory & Co has been made up to silk, becoming one of the very few outside the bar to be appointed. Barristers Charles McKay, Monyeazo Anyadike-Danes, Alan Kane, Philip Mateer and Thomas Beattie […]

Curtis Mallet launches in Istanbul

US firm Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle has ramped up its emerging market presence by launching its first office in Istanbul. The firm, which has recently expanded its offices in Frankfurt, Paris and London, is hoping to build its client base in South Eastern and Central Europe as well as the Middle East with the […]

Kelly’s no hero

Feathers have been more than ruffled at the Bar Council since a former chairman decided to rejoin the membership, it appears. Tulkinghorn has learnt that Matthias Kelly QC has become the first-ever ex-chairman to return to the fold. Kelly’s unprecedented move has raised more than one eyebrow. Apparently there’s an unspoken rule that, once a […]

Key change at BPI as GC quits

With all the pirate CDs that music industry groups the BPI and IFPI have nabbed between them, there’s no shortage of possible theme tunes for the game of musical chairs going on in their office. With all the pirate CDs that music industry groups the BPI and IFPI have nabbed between them, there’s no shortage […]

Canada proves hotbed of M&A activity

Canadian firms were rejoicing as the country became the centre of last week’s frenzied M&A activity, with two mega-mergers worth an aggregate of £25bn being announced in one day. The first saw US aluminium giant Alcoa make an unsolicited $33bn (£16.57bn) bid for Canadian multinational Alcan. As first reported by The Lawyer (8 May), Alcoa […]

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