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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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NYC and DC firms to merge

Partners at leading Washington DC firm Swidler & Berlin have agreed to merge with New York’s 65-lawyer Shereff Friedman Hoffman & Goodman. Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman will have 240 lawyers and boast a turnover of about $110m. For both firms the merger was driven by changing client demands. Edward Berlin, chairman of Swidler & Berlin, […]

New legal expenses insurer targets commercial clients

A new legal expenses insurance company has been set-up to target commercial clients involved in high-cost litigation. First Legal Indemnity (FLI), which was launched last week, offers “after-the-event” insurance designed for High Court and other complex litigation, such as insolvency. FLI has immediate authority to cover claims up to £1m but said that there was […]

Eversheds swallows Palmers to gain Cambridge practice

MERGER-hungry Eversheds is to take over Cambridge firm Palmer Wheeldon in November to realise its long-held ambition to open in the university city. When the merger goes ahead as planned, Eversheds will challenge Mills & Reeve’s position as the largest practice in East Anglia. After taking on Palmer Wheeldon’s 22 fee earners, Eversheds will have […]

Rewiring the circuit court system

Although the Bar opposes altering the circuits, some in the profession think change is desirable, says Rebecca Towers. Rebecca Towers is a freelance journalist. Circuit leaders are preparing to vigorously oppose any government plans to dismember the six-circuit system. Although the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) has assured The Lawyer that the judges’ circuits are not […]

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