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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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Finland’s Peltonen merges with LMR after losses

Finnish firms Peltonen Ruokonen & Itäinen and LMR have merged, creating an almost 50-lawyer strong firm. Peltonen LMR will provide its domestic and international clientele with services in all areas of Finnish business law. The move follows the departure of Peltonen’s bankruptcy team, which formed its own boutique. Peltonen managing director Tomi Merenheimo and corporate […]

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May the best man win

When any client walks out the door in favour of a rival lawyer it is going to be disappointing. The decision by Mukhtar Ablyazov to ditch his lawyers at Stephenson Harwood (SH) in favour of Addleshaw Goddard was a bitter pill for SH to swallow (see story). Not only is the client understood to have […]

Camerons’ Bristol insurance team depleted by RPC raid

Four insurance and reinsurance partners are set to leave the Bristol office of CMS Cameron McKenna in a mass defection to Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC). Jeremy Barnes, Joe Bryant, Simon Chandler and Peter Mansfield have told Camerons that they intend to join RPC at the end of their notice period, although the timescale is unclear. […]

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Clydes strengthens Asia construction practice prior to BLG merger

Clyde & Co has hired a construction partner from Stephenson Harwood’s Hong Kong office ahead of its November merger with Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG). Gilbert Kwok joins Clydes as a partner in the firm’s Asia construction practice, bringing experience of advising developers and contractors in both contentious and non-contentious matters. He has advised a […]

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