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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?

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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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Dibbs' IT head defects to London office of US rival

DIBB Lupton Alsop’s head of IT and telecoms Dave Barrett has quit to join the London office of US firm Arnold & Porter. The loss of Barrett is the second major blow to Dibbs’ IT practice in the last two months. Highly-rated partner Alistair Maughan left in August to set up a London office for […]

In brief: Nottingham firm forms French association

Nottingham-based Browne Jacobson has formed an association with French firm DS Paris. Browne Jacobson’s London office will play host to several DS Paris lawyers who will set up DS London. In return, the French firm will open its network of associated offices – in China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong and a soon-to-be-opened Brussels base – […]

In brief: Rowe & Maw recruits Garretts EC law head

Rowe & Maw has hired Garretts head of EC law, Philip Ruttley, as a partner. A specialist in the dispute resolution system of the World Trade Organisation, Ruttley was previously UN legal adviser on development aid and an EC adviser at HM Treasury Solicitor’s Department.

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