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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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Reducing capital by solvency statement – hints and tips for directors

The ICAEW has recently issued a helpsheet on the reduction of share capital under the Companies Act 2006. This forms the background to this alert in which we set out some useful guidance for directors when considering a reduction of share capital under the solvency statement procedure introduced by the Act. Click on the link […]

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Digital: The evolution of business development for corporate lawyers

By Colm Hannon, managing director, eSocialMedia Last August, the Corporate Executive Board (CEB) released the results of a survey of more than 1,900 B2B customers which showed that 60% of a typical purchasing decision (researching solutions, ranking options, setting requirements, benchmarking pricing etc) is complete before having a conversation with a supplier. So if you […]

Time to Tweet

Are law firms finally waking up to the power of Twitter? If the recent investments made by Eversheds and Clyde & Co into harnessing the power of the retweet is anything to judge by then the answer is ‘yes’. Both firms have spent several thousand pounds recently on bringing in external consultants to educate their […]

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Know way

Knowledge management is an increasingly important function in offering quality client service, and the tools involved are getting more sophisticated Q: Do you feel that the knowledge management (KM) function at your firm is supported by senior partners and management? Janis Law, director of best practice and knowledge, Clarke Willmott: Yes. We are a large […]

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Debevoise’s Mary Jo White picked by Obama to head the SEC

The head of Debevoise & Plimpton’s litigation practice Mary Jo White is expected to be named by President Barack Obama today as the new head of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The news is not yet official and Debevoise is currently making no comment, but White House sources said today that Obama would announce […]

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