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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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New London managing partner installed to target international growth. By Matt Byrne All eyes may have been on Hogan Lovells last week as the two firms finally became one, but there were other merger-related ­mutterings making their way through the ­London market. And no, we do not mean SJ Berwin and Orrick, which last Tuesday […]

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BLG makes £20m saving with 10-year lease on HQ

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has secured a 10-year lease on its London headquarters, making a saving of more than £20m over the next decade. BLG chief executive David Jabbari said: “The security of low-cost London premises for 10 years, and the removal of up to £24m in property costs over that period, is a great base for […]

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The Lawyer Awards corporate shortlisters defy the downturn

A wide range of deals in face of adversity creates contenders. Clifford Chance” src=”Pictures/web/e/u/b/Norman_Guy_150.jpg” /> Guy Norman, Clifford Chance The past year has not been a vintage one when it comes to ­dealmaking, which makes the ­achievements of those firms that have made it onto the shortlist for The Lawyer Awards Corporate Team of the […]

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Five make director in Dickie Dees reshuffle

North East firm Dickinson Dees has promoted five of its ­associates to director level across its pensions, property, ­corporate recovery and public services departments. Neil Walker and Jackie Gray were promoted in the firm’s public services team, based in York, along with pensions lawyer Tracy Walsh. Property lawyer David Hambler and insolvency and corporate lawyer […]

Some election questions

With the prospect of a Tory-led administration becoming ever more likely, lawyers are starting to ask questions about legal life under a new government. Top of the Conservative legal wishlist is the replacement of the Human Rights Act in favour of a British Bill of Rights. But as our BadLaw blog asks: what does this […]

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