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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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Baker & McKenzie has rejigged its London office management committee with the election of IP partner Paul Rawlinson Rawlinson replaces employment partner John Evason, who stands down after three years in the role. Evason this week features in The Lawyer Hot 100 2011 as a result of his work for long-term client British Airways (BA). […]

A long time ago, in a courtroom far, far away…

The cast for the latest Star Wars epic is still being thrashed out, but with George Lucas already in place, was there ever any doubt that it would be a star-studded affair? Sure enough, stepping into the Han Solo role comes Jonathan Sumption QC  (see story), a man whose skills as a litigator are said […]

Reed Smith promotes four London lawyers in 25-strong global round

Reed Smith has promoted 25 lawyers to its partnership as part of its annual round of promotions, including four based in London. The four new City partners are Marcus Dodds and William Howard in shipping, Panos Katsambas in the financial industry group, and Rosanne Kay in the European and Middle East commercial disputes team. A […]

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SNR Denton signs up Hammonds’ Hong Kong arm for local launch

SNR Denton has launched in Hong Kong with the assimilation of a new member firm that was previously the Hong Kong office of Squire Sanders Hammonds legacy firm Hammonds. The firm, Brandt Chan & Partners, announced last year that it would split from Hammonds once the tie-up with US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey went […]

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