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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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Kingsford Stacey set to hire 40 new fee earners

Mid-sized London firm Kingsford Stacey Blackwell is on the lookout for 40 new fee earners in the next six months as part of an aggressive growth plan. The 40 are being sought for the firm’s personal injury department, which has just won commitments of work from “two or three insurance companies”. Managing partner Charles Rankmore, […]

Gadgets, gizmos and legal geeks

Many law firms are looking at the internet and new media as part of their business. The cyber gold rush has started and law firms have not been slow off the mark in making the most of the digital revolution. This may be true as far as clients and contracts are concerned, but it seems […]

Linklaters takes lead in South Africa

Linklaters is claiming to be the leading international law firm in South Africa after sealing its fourth big demutualisation deal there this year. Linklaters has completed work advising underwriters on the u4.1bn demutualisation and listing of South Africa’s largest life assurer Old Mutual. It will list on the London Stock Exchange on 12 July. Linklaters […]

Lawyers didn't vote to scrap SIF

You are doing yourselves no favours, nor any favour to those of us who voted for solicitors to have the option of going to the open market, in the headline stating that “70 per cent vote to scrap SIF” (The Lawyer, 10 May). That was not the proposition put: it was simply that there should […]

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