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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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Akin Gump merger partner loses top insurance team

A team of nearly 30 lawyers is leaving a Los Angeles firm that is merging with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld to join Howrey Simon Arnold & White. A third of the lawyers from Troop Steuber Pasich Reddick & Tobey will join Howrey’s California offices. The firm claims that the moves make it the […]

Ashursts scoops £2bn BT property contract

Ashurst Morris Crisp is advising British Telecommunications (BT) on the sale and leaseback of its £2bn UK property estate, set to be the UK’s largest property outsourcing contract to date. The deal, involving 7,500 properties, dwarfs similar examples in the public sector and goes further than the first private real estate partnership (Prep) agreed between […]

A View from Washington

Only the most preliminary observations can be made at this date as to the likely antitrust landscape that will take shape under the administration of President-elect George Bush. Certainly, it would be reckless for one to read very much into “off-the-cuff”, unrehearsed campaign remarks concerning any antitrust initiative, especially those related to a particular case, […]

CC's Pollard to take early retirement

Clifford Chance’s chief operating officer Garth Pollard is to retire after more than three decades with the firm. Pollard joined Clifford Turner in 1969 from Ingledow Brown Benninson & Garrett, where he qualified. He is one of the architects of the 1999 mergers with Rogers & Wells and Pünder Volhard Weber & Axster that created […]

3-4 South Sq wins global door tenants

Insolvency set 3-4 South Square has taken on two new door tenants as part of a policy to develop international links through its members. Dual-qualified Israeli and Singapore banking expert Professor Elinger and commercial academic and joint director for e-banking and commerce Marc Dassesse will both join this month, bringing the total number of door […]

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