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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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easyGroup has filled its head of IP role, hiring Anthony Robb-John as managing director of easyGroup IP from mobile content company Monstermob Group. Robb-John was head of legal at Monstermob and will take up his new position at the start of December, reporting to easyGroup founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou. His role is commercial, rather than purely […]

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Baugur bolsters in-house team with A&O raid

Icelandic investment company Baugur has looked to its principal law firm Allen & Overy (A&O) to strengthen its in-house legal team. A&O associate Stuart Hanbury joined Baugur last month after completing an eight-month secondment with the investment house. He is the second in-house lawyer to join Baugur recently. Last January former SJ Berwin associate Andrew […]

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