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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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As GC at visual effects company The Mill, Jamie Smith combines his two interests – law and computer science When Jamie Smith became general counsel at The Mill in 2012, he barely had to move office and the role has since proved to be the perfect fit for his combined computer science and legal expertise. […]

Mining in the Asia Pacific: a legal overview

There is no escaping the fact we are in the midst of recovery from the 2008/09 global financial crisis, which spared no corner of the globe. On a lighter note, there is resounding consensus around the world that the Asia Pacific fared the crisis better than most. While the United States and Europe are still […]

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Why DWF is nothing like DLA

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Portugal: Rebuilding society

As Portuguese firms face liberalisation in a post-bailout world and the home market remains tough, many are setting their sights overseas As Portugal welcomed in 2013 the country’s lawyers were no doubt wondering whether the new year would bring a change in fortune for a country that has been hard hit by the eurozone crisis. […]

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