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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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Herbert Smith dumps client on price-fixing case

Herbert Smith has pulled out of acting on one of the world’s largest price-fixing cases against a host of pharmaceutical companies because of uncertainty over fees. The firm’s client, Regent-GM Laboratories, is insolvent and this is understood to have led to concerns at Herbert Smith over whether it would be paid in full for its […]

Terror suspects detention at Guantanamo Bay condemned by legal leaders

The heads of 28 international bar associations and law societies have joined together to condemn the continued detention of suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. In an open letter, signed at the annual general meeting of the American Bar Association this week, the leaders call upon the US to abandon the “review panels” currently […]

Herbert Smith secures ABF portfolio for best friend Cravath

Cravath Swaine & Moore has won Associated British Foods (ABF) as a new client, thanks to Herbert Smith. The New York firm is working alongside ABF’s longstanding legal adviser Herbert Smith, with which Cravath has a referral relationship, on the company’s £722m acquisition of the yeast, spices and herbs business from the Australian food group […]

Burness posts 17 per cent turnover hike

Scotland’s Burness has announced a 17 per cent rise in turnover, taking gross revenues to £14.9m compared with £12.7m the previous year. Turnover is now almost 50 per cent higher than in 1999-2000. Property and employment netted many new mandates as well as more work from existing clients. Burness also increased its employees last year, […]

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