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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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Patton Boggs and Squire Sanders to merge by Sunday

When you know, you know. After “overwhelming support” for the Patton Boggs and Squire Sanders merger from partners last Friday, the lovebirds aren’t waiting a minute longer. Despite delays understood to have been caused by Patton Boggs’ high-profile legal battle with Chevron, the US duo will officially tie the knot on Sunday. So what’s up […]

Sun shines on Freshfields’ pay packets

The sun is out – sort of – and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer associates are making hay. The magic circle trainee troupe will be kicking their heels in joy after their first salary boost in five years. The firm has melted its salary freeze for trainee and merit-based associate pay, also held at the same level […]

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Partners give approval to Patton Boggs-Squire Sanders merger

Partners at Squire Sanders and Washington DC-based Patton Boggs have agreed to merge the firms and new outfit Squire Patton Boggs will launch within a week.  The combined firm will have 1,700 lawyers in 45 offices across 22 countries. It will give Patton Boggs the international platform its clients are increasingly demanding and Squire Sanders a […]

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