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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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PI rates expected to soar after Quinn Insurance enters administration

The decision to put Irish insurer Quinn Insurance into administration has sent shockwaves through the market and prompted warnings of dramatic rate hikes across the solicitors’ professional indemnity (PI) market. The Irish Financial Regulator forced the insurer, which is part of the larger Quinn Group, into administration yesterday.  It said the insurer would be closed […]

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Singh when you’re winning

When Bryan Cave associate Robert Dougans was first introduced to Simon Singh by an in-house lawyer in May 2008, he never thought that together they would become the poster boys for a campaign against British libel laws. “Usually an injustice happens and nobody really cares,” Dougans remarks. But this time things were different. To recap: […]

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7 Bedford Row head quits post to join bench

Civil and criminal set 7 Bedford Row has elected a new head of chambers after incumbent Kate Thirlwall QC left to join the bench.  Thirlwall was elected as head of chambers in November 2006, succeeding David Farrer QC. She was the set’s first female head of chambers and one of the first at the […]

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A&O, Eversheds, Lovells in on Cable & Wireless pension brief

Allen & Overy (A&O), Eversheds and Lovells are advising on the pension issues thrown up by the recent demerger of Cable & Wireless Worldwide from the Cable & Wireless Group. Eversheds partners Harold Lewis and Jeremy Goodwin are acting for the trustees of the Cable & Wireless Worldwide Retirement Plan, which will have half the total […]

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Scottish big four to defect to England over ABS row

Top firms’ ultimatum escalates regulatory crisis north of the border The Scottish legal market is facing crisis, with an industry-wide argument over the introduction of alternative business ­structures (ABSs) having the potential to drive the big four firms south of the ­border for good. Dundas & Wilson, Maclay Murray & Spens, McGrigors and Shepherd & Wedderburn (S&W) are […]

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