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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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Husband and wife team quit 'difficult' Simmons

Simmons & Simmons is losing a husband and wife team in its commercial property department to Taylor Joynson Garrett. Mark Austin and Jane McKee, both partners in Simmons & Simmons’ commercial property department, will join Taylors Joynson Garrett’s 25-strong team in early September. Austin, who will take a step down to senior associate level when […]

City giants vie to build in Germany

If London is the gateway to Europe, then Germany is its high street and the big international firms are eyeing up the property. Until recently, the legal worlds of Germany and the UK have remained comparatively separate in spite of growing internationalisation in business. Mutual suspicion and caution, however, are beginning to evaporate in the […]

Doughty St snaps up negligence heavyweight

Leading public law and civil liberties set Doughty Street Chambers has boosted its criminal and clinical negligence teams, with more additions expected soon. Heavyweight criminal practitioner David Hislop joins this week from Richard Ferguson QC’s chambers at 1 Crown Office Row with senior clinical negligence expert Christopher Hough joining from 199 Strand in September. The […]

Where next for Pearson?

Last week The Lawyer reported the departure of head of legal at Pearson, Paul Vickers. Behind the story of one in-house lawyer leaving a major multinational there lies a broader story of how the Americanisation of the media giant Pearson has led the company to rethink the structure of its legal advice. The line from […]

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