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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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Janine Collins explains how review meetings can ensure your clients are satisfied with your service How many of your firm’s clients have you met recently to discuss their satisfaction with the firm’s performance?Providing a client-centric service means tailoring your firm’s services to your clients’ specific needs. Traditionally, law firms have second-guessed their clients’ requirements. However, […]

In-house lawyer salaries hit £150K in North West

Top in-house lawyers in the North West can now command salaries of up to £150,000 after a year that saw pay packages rise across the region. The average salary for senior in-house counsels in the North West rose from £82,386 in 2004 to £86,000 last year. Salaries for junior in-housers rose too, with a one-year […]

SJ Berwin steps up Italian expansion with key Chiomenti hire

SJ Berwin has expanded its fledgling Italian presence with the hire of Italian independent law firm Chiomenti’s head of EU and antitrust law Gianluca Belotti. Belotti will join the Milan office of SJ Berwin as a competition partner on 1 April, after five years with Chiomenti. Prior to joining Chiomenti, Belotti was senior official in […]

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SJ Berwin assistant Angharad Evans has been appointed to the board of Ffilm Wales, a new agency established by the Arts Council for Wales and the Welsh Development Agency. SJ Berwin assistant Angharad Evans has been appointed to the board of Ffilm Wales, a new agency established by the Arts Council for Wales and the […]

Ferring counsel departs due to Swiss role

The long-serving general counsel of privately owned company Ferring Pharmaceutical has quit after the company relocated from Copenhagen to Wallisellen, Switzerland. General counsel Patricia Barclay decided not to move with the company headquarters, which could leave Ferring without a general counsel for much of the year. She has been general counsel since 1984. Ferring has […]

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