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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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ECHR — its growing influence on substantive competition law

By Stephen Hornsby To date, the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights (EHCR) on competition law has mostly been confined to procedural matters. For example, Article 6 provisions in the ECHR that recite a number of fundamental rights of defence, have often been invoked by companies that have been found guilty of competition […]

Who owns copyright when the agreement is unsigned?

A recent High Court decision shows the importance of finalising the documentation before beginning work on a project, in this particular case for software development. Failure to do so can lead to disputes over IP ownership. Disputes about the ownership of copyright come before the courts with depressing regularity. The typical scenario is where a business […]

DLA Piper secures summary judgment win for Devonshire in loan sale suits

DLA Piper won summary judgment on behalf of Devonshire Campus, LLC, one of multiple lenders involved in a multi-tranche loan secured by a mortgage on a Florida continuing care retirement community in two related cases. Judge Sullivan found that the plaintiffs, S-Devonshire, LLC and S1-Devonshire, LLC had breached the servicing agreement governing the lenders by […]

Important changes to English litigation costs — part 1

By Jonathan Haydn-Williams An exchange from Shakespeare’s pen probably still represents a widely held view that lawyers will do anything for money and nothing without it. It is certainly the case that English common law developed, over centuries, the doctrine that a lawyer should not conduct litigation on the basis that he would be paid only […]

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