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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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Partner goes from Pepper to Piper and back again

Piper Rudnick partner Christopher Wasson has returned to Pepper Hamilton after just four months. The product liability litigator left Pepper Hamilton to become a partner at Piper Rudnick earlier in the year.It is not the first time that Wasson has bounced between the firms. From 1994 to 1998 he worked at Piper Rudnick before swapping […]

Europe: what happened when

Europe has been a hotbed of activity in the last six months. Nicola Smith gives the lowdown GERMANYTJG set to merge with WessingTaylor Joynson Garrett (TJG) is on the verge of securing a merger deal with German firm Wessing. The move is expected to be confirmed this week.The merger will transform the City firm into […]

Mayer Brown drafts Dickinson onto board

Corporate dept maintains political dominance in London with board representation Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw has appointed corporate partner Peter Dickinson to its London management board in the run-up to the retirement of senior partner Stuart James.Dickinson is a key corporate player at the firm and a close ally of London senior partner designate and […]

Shoosmiths employment chief joins Thomson Snell

Tunbridge Wells-based solicitors Thomson Snell & Passmore has poached Shoosmiths partner Nick Hobden to head its employment unit.Hobden, who was head-hunted by Thomson Snell, joined Shoosmiths in 1994 as part of niche Reading firm Berrys. He was made a partner at Shoosmiths in 1995, and was latterly head of employment in the Reading office.The employment […]

Top sets defy downturn with massive turnover rise

The majority of leading chambers have reported significant increases in this year’s turnover. Fountain Court is leading the pack with a mammoth 32 per cent rise in fees to £25m.Brick Court has displaced One Essex Court as the set with the highest turnover. It is the first chambers to break the golden £30m mark, after […]

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