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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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ICL gains Simmons partner

Simmons & Simmons’ long-standing corporate partner Richard Allnutt is leaving to join global IT services supplier ICL where he will head the legal department. Allnutt – a heavyweight in Simmons’ corporate department where he has been a partner for 12 years – is due to join ICL’s legal department of 20 lawyers as group counsel […]

Eversheds' administrator faces pensions charges

Eversheds’ Newcastle-based employment services company is being prosecuted by the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority (Opra) for making late payments into its company pension scheme. The company, EIW Services (North East), will appear before Newcastle upon Tyne magistrates on 24 September charged with failing to pay employee earnings to the trustees of two pension schemes within […]

Simmons loses top IT lawyer

A leading member of Simmons & Simmons’ IT department is leaving to join Field Fisher Waterhouse. Paul Barton is a senior solicitor in the department and is joining Field Fisher Waterhouse as a partner. He says he has been leading the IT team at Simmons & Simmons and that he is credited with making the […]

White & Case wins football rules case

SJ Berwin lined up against White & Case for the biggest football litigation since the Bosman ruling overturned the player transfer market. UK-based sports and entertainment investment company English National Investment Company (ENIC), the owner of football clubs AEK Athens and Slavia Prague, retained SJ Berwin to challenge UEFA rules. The rules of the European […]

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