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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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Tesco price promise and changes to comparative advertising

The Tesco price promise that hit the news recently has come in for criticism from industry analysts and competitors. The comparative model the price promise adopts is, however, merely an active response to the recent changes to the Committee of Advertising Practice/Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP/BCAP) code, which has relaxed the rules on price […]

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Holland & Knight hires ex-DLA Islamic finance head Agha

US firm Holland & Knight has appointed DLA Piper’s former global head of Islamic finance Oliver Agha, who quit the firm in 2009 to launch is own Middle East boutique (26 January 2009). Agha has joined the firm as a partner and will head its Islamic finance and Middle East and North Africa (Mena) practices. […]

Draft Jordanian Investment Law

The Draft Jordanian Investment Law is intended to attract and encourage both local and foreign investment in Jordan, and to reinforce confidence in the investment environment in Jordan for the organisation, revitalisation and development of the economic environment. The Draft Law is still under study, having recently undergone its second reading. The Draft Law tackles the […]

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Winckworth Sherwood replaces senior and finance partners

Winckworth Sherwood has elected new senior and finance partners while handing another term to managing partner Roger Fitton. Charities lawyer John Rees has been chosen as senior partner while corporate lawyer Richard Tinham as finance partner. Fitton has ben re-elected after his ten years at the helm. Fitton leads the firm’s development and regeneration practice. […]

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