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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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Squire Sanders Hammonds has hired an IT and outsourcing specialist from Pinsent Masons to head its global outsourcing team. Garfield Smith joined Squire Sanders at the beginning of October as a partner and global head of the firm’s outsourcing and procurement team. His role will be to bring focus to the firm’s existing capabilities, working […]

Jones Day aids Alcuin on Krispy Kreme buy

Jones Day lined up ­opposite Macfarlanes and Shoosmiths advising on the £25m acquisition of the UK business of Krispy Kreme by private equity house Alcuin Capital Partners. The transaction sees Alcuin, which already has an investment in Caffè Nero, take control of the doughnut retailer’s British arm, previously owned by investment group Cheshire and Kent. The UK […]

Links, Gianni and Credit Suisse settle Parmalat negligence claims

A £115m professional negligence dispute between Linklaters, its former Italian alliance partner Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners and investment bank Credit Suisse has settled for an undisclosed sum. This brings an end to two claims relating to advice given to the bank on a deal with Italian food company Parmalat in 2001. In February, Credit […]

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Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) has hired Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) ­partner Simon Chumas to its ­shipping ­practice. Move of the week This adds to the eight-strong ­aviation and ­aerospace team HFW has already taken from BLG, gaining an office in São Paulo in the process. Chumas will join HFW on 1 ­November, when the […]

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Lady Hale leads panel making feminist readings of court judgments

A panel of distinguished female lawyers and legal scholars gathered at Norton Rose’s InterLaw Diversity Forum event on Thursday 13 October to discuss judgments from a feminist lawyer’s point of view. The event coincided with the recent launch of Norton Rose’s women’s legal network and focused on the core findings of the book Feminist Judgments, […]

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