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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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KLegal raids Cap Gemini and IBM in communications drive

KPMG’s associated law firm KLegal is recruiting three top in-house lawyers to boost its IT and telecoms group. The new team members, who are coming from IBM, Cap Gemini and Telecom New Zealand, will bring the number in the group to seven. It is led by high profile telecoms partner Chris Hoyle, who joined the […]

Property

SJ Berwin acted for the British Land Company on its £27.5m purchase of freehold properties from Standard Life Investments. Both Broadgate House and Eldon House have leases up to 2011 and total 72,000sq ft of space. Property partners Stephen Willson and Lewis Myers acted with a team of three on the deal while Herbert Smith […]

Survival of the fittest

As more charities appear on the market, providing similar services and targeting the same donators, some are feeling the pressure to merge. Emma D’Souza reports on how only the strong can survive Darwin’s theory of evolution may well apply to charities, which are ultimately competing against each other for funding. Obviously, with insufficient income, as […]

It's been a bad week for…

Belgian journalist Georges Ruggiu, who admitted that he had no defence against charges that his broadcasts helped incite the murder of 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda in 1994. Ruggiu, on trial before a United Nations court, now faces a 20-year jail sentence. Law professor and detective fiction fan Jacques Viguier. Despite his profession […]

A VIEW FROM CAIRO

Mother of the World, as old as the Pyramids, Cairo is a thriving metropolis of 16 million people advancing resolutely into the modern commercial era. However, as the Egyptian economy was brought under centralised control in the 1950s and 1960s, the activities of the private sector were restricted and foreign investment declined. This situation began […]

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