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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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“In retrospect it would have been better for the Attorney-General [Janet Reno] to appoint someone else.” – Kenneth Starr’s candid admission that his role as independent counsel in the Monica Lewinsky case was a mistake, during an interview with CNN. Starr is now returning to Chicago law firm Kirkland & Ellis, and will teach law […]

Slaughter and May loses Bupa work to Walker Morris

Private healthcare company Bupa is drastically cutting back the amount of work it gives to Slaughter and May in favour of cheaper regional law firm Walker Morris. A source tells The Lawyer that a “substantial proportion” of the work that goes to Slaughters is being transferred to the Leeds-based firm. The two firms have worked […]

Rozenberg

Legal journalism is not particularly well paid, but it does offer some consolations. The other day, for example, I interviewed the President of France. I don’t imagine I would have spoken to Jacques Chirac very often if I’d continued working as a solicitor. We met in Finland, where he was attending a European Union summit. […]

Ex-council clerk to face court

A Nottinghamshire parish council is taking a former clerk to the High Court in a bid to recover more than £82,000 it alleges he stole. Farnsfield Parish Council accuses Christopher Wilkinson of receiving £82,437.25 and is seeking repayment of the money, with interest, and an account of all sums received. Wilkinson is said to have […]

Clifford Chance merger wins Spanish bank client

Clifford Chance has won the work on a £25bn Spanish bank merger, which it regards as a breakthrough deal resulting from its merger with Rogers & Wells. Merrill Lynch has appointed both Clifford Chance’s Madrid office and Rogers & Wells to advise on the merger of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya (BBV) with Argentaria, Spain’s second and […]

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