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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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Eversheds' Italian alliance gets boost as Piergrossi merges with Benvenuto

Eversheds’ associated Italian law firm Piergrossi Villa Bianchini-Riccardi has merged with Benvenuto Barozzi Scherini Benvenuto is a labour law boutique based in Milan. It has 11 fee-earners, which brings the number of lawyers at Piergrossi to 50, split between its offices in Rome and Milan. Eversheds hopes that the creation of a labour law department […]

Thiéffry partner quits for Haarmann in Shanghai

German firm Haarmann Hemmelrath has strengthened its Shanghai office by recruiting Bruno Lefebure, a partner from Paris-based Thiéffry & Associés. Lefebure managed Thiéffry’s Shanghai office for two years until 2002. He specialises in French and European investment in China and joined Haarmann as an associated partner on 1 January. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews 22 January

Dechert gets its wise guy

The legal profession is abundant with ‘am-dram’ talent, but Dechert seems to be taking things even further. The firm has just hired litigator Edward McDonald, the man who shared the screen with Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci in Martin Scorcese’s classic crime drama GoodFellas. As all good film buffs will know, McDonald […]

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