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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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Men still dominate law at the top level

No progress on gender diversity at partnership level in the City As the picture of 2013 partnership promotions begins to come into focus, the forecast for women remains bleak, reflecting the fact that the profession is failing to get to grips with issues surrounding gender diversity. The number of women being promoted to partner across […]

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Macfarlanes promotes female duo amid quartet of new partners

Macfarlanes has announced the promotion of four lawyers to partner, including two in its corporate practice. The quartet – which includes two women – covers corporate, construction and disputes, with the news following the firm’s recent statement of an intention to rebalance its practice by picking up its emphasis on contentious and advisory work (12 […]

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Whether it’s a sudden interest in manscara, man bags or World of Warcraft, the romance red flags are often at half-mast long before a relationship cracks. And so the story goes in the legal market. Yesterday, Saudi Arabian firm Osool Law said thanks, but no thanks to Fasken Martineau, which it entered an exclusive association […]

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EU know it makes sense for patents

If it comes to fruition, the single EU patent system will be of tremendous benefit to small businesses For what now seems like decades the member states of the EU have been debating the concept of a single patent system to cover the whole of the union, with a single court to hear cases. Now […]

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