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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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Muckle in redundancy talks with 20 staff

Newcastle firm Muckle has entered redundancy talks with up to 20 staff, including business support employees and fee-­earners across the commercial and property services groups. The firm blamed the difficult market conditions for the cuts. Muckle has a total headcount of around 150 and the firm recently moved into new offices to accommodate staff and […]

Wragges aims for German IP launch

Wragge & Co is set to open an IP litigation office in Munich by September, although it will maintain its relationship with ­German best friend Graf von Westphalen, which also has a Munich presence. Wragges head of IP Gordon Harris said: “Increasingly, if you have European patents, US clients ask themselves whether to enforce in […]

DLA review sees five TMC lawyers redundant

DLA Piper is conducting a firmwide review of staffing levels, resulting in five redundancies in the firm’s technology, media and ­communications (TMC) group. The layoffs, which were all in London, include three assistants, a legal director and an associate. The cuts, which were all voluntary, coincided with the loss of IP partner Richard Penfold, who […]

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As law firms make more and more money, so the lines of snake-oil salesmen gets longer at their doors. At least, so thought Tulkinghorn when a scribe showed him the following press release headline: “M Consulting appoints oral communications consultant.”The marketing agency has brought in a former barrister to give training to lawyers on how […]

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