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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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Clifford Chance client Excalibur defeated in $1.6bn High Court battle

The High Court has dismissed a $1.6bn claim from Clifford Chance client Excalibur Ventures, bringing to an end one of the longest running trials of 2012/13. Mr Justice Christopher Clarke today (10 September) threw out a raft of claims against Texas Keystone and Gulf Keystone, which concerned the interest in rights to exploit and develop petroleum […]

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Tennesee Valley Authority has wrestled $42m settlement from its insurer, Arch Insurance Bermuda, in the first of three arbitration cases following a 2008 accident at the corporation’s power plant. The arbitration was the first of the three clashes with TVA’s insurers to be resolved and as part of the settlement the parties agreed to make […]

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