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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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Shearmans and Brown & Wood poach from Clifford Chance…

Clifford Chance is the latest City firm to lose fee earners to US firms. Brown & Wood has snapped up capital markets specialist Michael Doran as a partner in its London office, while Shearman & Sterling has lured arbitration and litigation lawyers Christopher Colbridge and Rajinder Bassi. Shearman & Sterling is extending its international arbitration […]

Firms face exorbitant IT millennial contract fees

IT consultants will charge law firms up to u4,000 a day for working over the millennium, The Lawyer can reveal. City firms unprepared for this period are likely to fall prey to the exorbitant fees. Many are still formulating their strategy for coping with the potential millennium bug and IT staff problems over the holiday […]

…while Wilde Sapte loses two

The london offices of US firms have poached two key partners from Wilde Sapte’s London and Brussels office. Crowell & Moring has hired the managing partner of Wilde Sapte’s Brussels office, James Ashe-Taylor. He is joining the London office as a competition partner. Peter Teare, partner in the London office of Crowell & Moring, says: […]

How can e-trading be regulated?

Harry Small, head of IT, Baker and McKenzie Conor Ward, partner, Lovell White Durrant Kim Nicholson, head of e-commerce, Olswang The speed with which the internet is beginning to impact on business has left legislators standing. Issues of cross-border unregulated trade and security have led to both the European Commission and UK Government considering exactly […]

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