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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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Scottish bar seeks new leader as dean quits after three years

Roy Martin QC has retired as the dean of the Faculty of Advocates (the Scottish bar) after three years. Martin decided to stand down to focus on his administrative and land law practice, both in Scotland as a member of Murray Stable and in England, where he is a member of Landmark Chambers. The silk, […]

Camerons votes for Weston as Tyler replacement

CMS Cameron McKenna has named Central and Eastern European (CEE) managing partner Duncan Weston as managing partner Dick Tyler’s replacement. Weston, a relationship partner for private equity clients in the CEE, takes over at the end of Tyler’s second term next May. Under the firm’s rules a managing partner can only serve a maximum of […]

Revealed: 25 per cent of barristers want partnerships

Almost a quarter of barristers want to see law firm-style partnership and corporate structures at the bar. Almost a quarter of barristers would like to see law firm-style partnership and corporate structures at the bar, new research by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has revealed. The BSB’s first major research project since its formation in […]

India’s ICICI appoints City-based legal director

India’s largest private bank ICICI has posted its first permanent legal director in London after massively expanding its UK services. Priti Shetty now heads the legal function of ICICI UK, after being parachuted in from the Mumbai headquarters of India’s second-largest bank. The news comes after the announcement that ICICI would enter the personal loan, […]

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