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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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Norton Rose has continued to grow its Asian footprint with the hire of two IP partners from DLA Piper’s Hong Kong office. Non contentious IP and technology specialist Gigi Cheah and contentious and non contentious IP lawyer Justin Davidson will join the City firm’s Hong Kong practice taking its partner headcount in the office to […]

Man Utd reappoints Pinsents as part of panel review

Manchester United FC is in the process of reviewing its five-strong legal panel, with Pinsent Masons already reappointed. The club brought in its first panel in 2008, appointing five firms for a two-year period. Further announcements on other appointments are expected in the coming weeks. Other firms on the original panel include Brabners Chaffe Street, which has a […]

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North West set St Johns Buildings has joined the Manchester Law Society in an effort to make better connections with solicitors. Head of chambers Michael Redfern QC said the move would help chambers compete with new entrants to the sector in the post-Legal Services Act environment. Development manager David Anderson commented: “Suppliers of legal services […]

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Birketts aims for top 100 with tie-up

Ipswich firm Birketts is planning to merge with Chelmsford-based Wollastons to create a firm that would be propelled into the top 100 UK firms by turnover. No deal has been reached as yet, but according to ­Birketts managing partner Nigel Farthing, “partners from both firms have confirmed their enthusiasm to progress with negotiations”. If talks […]

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