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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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Burges Salmon steers MoD through record £2.5bn PFI deal

Burges Salmon has closed the largest-ever PFI deal for the Ministry of Defence (MoD), representing a massive boost for the projects team at the Bristol-based firm. The long-running £2.5bn Skynet 5 Private Finance Initiative represents six years of work for the Burges Salmon team. The firm was picked to advise the MoD in a 1997 tender. Shortly after, the MoD […]

ECJ tells Italy to liberalise access to legal profession

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ordered Italy to liberalise its regulations governing access to the Italian legal profession. The ECJ has demanded that Italy’s national bar council does not reject out of hand qualifications gained in other European Union (EU) Member States. The court ruled that by blocking part-qualified French national Christine Morgenbesser […]

Crowell & Moring pushes for London growth with Jones Day hire

US firm Crowell & Moring has strengthened its London arbitration and litigation group through the recruitment of a former Jones Day lawyer. Jane Wessel, an international arbitration and commercial litigation specialist, is joining the firm as counsel from Jones Day. The hire fits in with the firm’s European strategy to grow its offices in London […]

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