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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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Ashurst corporate partner Fabio Pizzocheri has joined Italian firm Grimaldi Studio Legale to launch its London office. Pizzocheri had been a partner at Ashurst since 2010, having joined the firm from now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf.  Many of the current lawyers at Grimaldi are also ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf. The firm, formerly known as Grimaldi e Associati, […]

Is it you? The Lawyer Awards shortlist is revealed

With less than two months to go before the industry’s top awards event, today we reveal the firms, chambers and in-house teams that will be jostling for a gong at The Lawyer Awards, which will be held at Grosvenor House Hotel in June. In contention for Law Firm of the Year are RPC, Slater & […]

DLA Piper acts for Avalara in acquisition of Fuelquest’s excise tax software solutions

DLA Piper has represented Avalara, a provider of a cloud-based software platform that delivers compliance solutions related to sales tax and other transactional taxes, in its acquisition of the line of Zytax energy-related tax automation solutions. Avalara acquired the Zytax offering from FuelQuest, a provider of on-demand software and services for global downstream energy companies. […]

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Pinsents hires Taylor Wessing FD as it prepares for elections

Pinsent Masons finance director Steve Hancock is to retire from the firm as it gears up for the first contested leadership elections since incumbent managing partner David Ryan was elected in 1999. The firm has hired Taylor Wessing finance director Charlotte Beckett to succeed Hancock, who is stepping down after 16 years in the role […]

Wierzbowski Eversheds wins 50 per cent reduction on appeal of regulator’s fine

Wierzbowski Eversheds has achieved a 50 per cent reduction on the appeal of a fine imposed on PTK Centertel (at present Orange Polska) by Poland’s competition regulator. In a judgment announced on 16 April 2014, the Warsaw Court of Appeal amended the decision by Poland’s competition regulator, the president of the Office of Competition and […]

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