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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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A FORMER head of legal at a nuclear generating company has set up her own recruitment business. Elizabeth Warner-Smith is launching legal recruitment consultancy Summit Legal after taking a seven-month career break to look after her baby son. Warner-Smith was formally head of legal services at Magnox Electric. She says: “I didn’t go back to […]

Is the US pooling ban good for the UK?

David Cheyne, head of M&A, Linklaters Andrew Harting, senior associate, Weil Gotshal & Manges Michael Goroff, partner, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy The US Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has voted to ban the pooling of interests accounting method for mergers and acquisitions. Pooling allows companies in all-stock transactions to combine books without recording merger-related […]

In brief: Mishcon de Reya

Mishcon de Reya partner Grant Gordon is acting for the current cricket world champions and the favourites to scoop the title when the Cricket World Cup starts at Lords on 14 May. Gordon is advising champions Sri Lanka, favourites South Africa, and the West Indies on sponsorship and players’ contracts and IP rights. Denton Hall […]

Lovells wins tax battle for British Steel

Lovell White Durrant, acting on behalf of British Steel, has notched up a u40m victory against the tax man. After a protracted legal battle dating back to the early 1990s the Appeal Court has ruled that Customs & Excise must pay back to British Steel u25m taken in oil excise duty. The Lovells team thinks […]

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