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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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Burges Salmon

Burges Salmon has appointed new senior and managing partners. Company and commercial partner Richard Wynn-Jones (seated) will take on the role of senior partner and finance partner, while Guy Stobart (standing) will become managing partner. Both will replace senior and managing partner David Marsh, who completes his term of office in May 2001.

Milbank Tweed beefs up its Asian reach with B&M hire

Baker & McKenzie‘s Asia business unit head has departed for fellow US firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy. Charles Conroy, who is based in New York, joins Milbank Tweed as a partner and will focus on cross-border and domestic M&A with an emphasis on Asia. He will also work with the firm’s Asian acquisitions finance […]

The Leader column

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a medium-sized law firm must be in want of a merger that fills in the gaps. As we all know, that never happens; Berwin Leighton’s current talks with Paisner & Co have tacitly acknowledged the impossibility of it. But Berwin Leighton seems to have found the next best […]

Bristows wins BBC trademark contract

Bristows has scooped the BBC’s trademark work after Stephenson Harwood‘s contract was terminated. Stephenson Harwood originally won the contract in 1999 after a tender process. It is understood that Field Fisher Waterhouse and Nabarro Nathanson also bid for the work. But in August, Stephenson Harwood trademark partners Tibor Gold and Nick Hedley announced they were […]

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Essex Court Chambers’ Roderick Cordara QC has been appointed senior counsel in New South Wales, Australia, making him the only UK barrister specialising in VAT law to have taken silk in both countries. Also a specialist in public and commercial law, Cordara was called to the English bar in 1975. He joined Essex Court in […]

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