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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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Drinker and Gardner add to US mid-market merger roster

Philadelphia-headquartered firm Drinker Biddle & Reath and Chicago-based firm Gardner Carton & Douglas have become the latest in a long list of mid-market US firms to merge in recent months. The merger, approved by both firms’ partnerships during a vote, will be effective from 1 January 2007. It will create a top 70 firm with […]

Hammonds hit by double Brussels exits

Hammonds is losing two of its most senior partners in Brussels after talks to retain them failed. Brussels competition head José Rivas and trade partner Edward Borivikov are both leaving the firm after weeks of negotiation. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (1 September), the pair resigned alongside office head Konstantinos Adamantopoulos earlier this year. However, […]

US partner promotions favour home offices

Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has promoted 16 associates to partner, with the bulk of the newly-elected lawyers based in the firm’s US offices. Meanwhile technology specialists Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has added 13 to its partnership, with the promotions coming across its offices in the US. Of the 16 Paul Hastings promotions, just […]

Lovells struggles at six-month mark

Lovells has had a disappointing start to 2006-07, reporting a modest 4 per cent increase in turnover for the first six months of the financial year. Revenue at the top 10 City firm inched up to approximately £205m. However, Lovells’ London office posted flat half-year results for the first half of the financial year. Lovells […]

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