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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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Andrew Millett and James Wilcox join Mishcon’s corporate and technology groups in February – the former comes from Ashurst Morris Crisp where he was senior solicitor while the latter leaves his own practice to join the London firm. Mishcon’s joint managing partner, Kevin Gold says: “James with his existing entrepreneurial client base will have much […]

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The announcement comes just two days after Gowling Strathy & Henderson joined with Code Hunter to form the second largest law firm in Canada. The latest merger between Fasken Campbell Godfrey and Martineau Walker which takes affect from February 2000, will create a 368-lawyer practice – renamed Fasken Martineau – with offices in London, Toronto, […]

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McGrigor Donald Public Policy (MDPP) will be headed up by McGrigor lawyer, Adam Bruce. He will be aided by the 56-partner firm’s head of commercial litigation, Niall Scott and its public sector unit director, Alan Boyd. The new unit will give advice on new Scottish legislation, provide a Parliamentary monitoring service and even push forward […]