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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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The MDP response

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) report is the beginning of a process, not the end. The Law Society of England and Wales has already started down the road towards greater liberalisation of the legal profession, but what is now very clear is that the Government is going to be staring hard over its shoulder […]

Cooley raids Wall Street for Milbank technology star

Silicon Valley firm Cooley Godward is striking back at New York rivals and hiring a top Wall Street lawyer from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy. Dan Mummery, one of the top communications lawyers in New York, is relocating to the West Coast and joining Cooley as a partner in the business department. At Milbank Tweed […]

B&M's COO quits for Cambridge

US-based firm Baker & McKenzie is losing its chief operating officer (COO) after just two years. David Yates is taking up a post as warden of Robinson College at the University of Cambridge and is being replaced as COO by current director of professional development and know-how Peter Smith. As COO, Smith will be responsible […]

MoFo shuts Buenos Aires and opts for local alliance

San Francisco firm Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) is pulling out of Buenos Aires and setting up an alliance with a local firm instead. The firm, which opened the office at the beginning of 1999 to service clients moving into the region, will send the US lawyers at the office to other international offices. In place […]

The Personnelity

For the modern law firm, as for many types of organisations, the need to encourage diversity has become something of a mantra for success. Whether it refers to client lists or areas of practice expertise, diversity is hailed by many as the new specialisation. It is this as much as anything that fuels the continual […]

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