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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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Lenovo poaches Howrey partner as new GC

Personal computer manufacturer Lenovo has hired Michael O’Neill as senior vice-president and general counsel from US firm Howrey. O’Neill will be responsible for the company’s legal, corporate governance, security and government relations globally and will be reporting directly to the company’s chief executive and president William Amelio. He replaces outgoing general counsel James Shaughnessy, who […]

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LG: Penny Francis

LG’s partner profits fell last year. So can new offices, a new name and a new international strategy help the firm regain some momentum? When LG (formerly Lawrence Graham) announced in June a flat revenue of £66m and a drop in average profit per equity partner (PEP) from £465,000 to £445,000 for the 2006-07 financial […]

Google plans pan-European legal team

Google is planning to recruit an in-house team across Europe after growing by more than 50 per cent in the last year. The internet company has been bombarded with lawsuits and regulatory issues, but it claims the need for a new European legal capability is due to “rapid growth”. “We’re continuing to invest in Europe, […]

Acting up

Can London defend its position to act solely on an arbitration, or can a party break the agreement and switch to an EU member state if it is more favourable to its cause? Roger Hopkins and Ben Horn report Parties opt for arbitration for a variety of reasons. First and foremost they make a decision […]

Bakers joins £600k PEP club

Baker & McKenzie has broken the £600,000 average profit per equity partner (PEP) figure, with UK net profit rising by 18 per cent to £35.1m. The firm’s unaudited figures for the 2006-07 financial year show that PEP in the firm’s UK operation rose by 16 per cent from £518,500 last year to £605,000 this year. […]

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