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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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A&O wins chemical client from Slaughter and May

Allen & Overy has won work from a key Slaughter and May client. Previously, Slaughters was sole principal legal adviser to UK-based chemical company Laporte, one of the largest international life science specialist chemical manufacturers in Europe. But Laporte chose A&O as second principal adviser after Slaughters was conflicted out of the sale of one […]

Litigation Writs 13/12/99

Sunderland Health Authority has launched High Court action against Peter and Christina Snowdon of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, and Demnox Ltd of Sunderland. The Health Authority is seeking damages for alleged breach of contract and statutory duties. In its claim it accuses the Snowdons and Demnox of submitting claims for dispensing appliances from a residential […]

Clifford Chance agrees Luxembourg merger

Partners at both firms voted overwhelmingly for the union which has won approval from the Luxembourg Bar Association and will take place from 1 January 2000. The marriage to Faltz & Kremer, the country’s sixth largest firm with 20 lawyers, gives Clifford Chance a foothold in Luxembourg’s lucrative banking market. The new firm will be […]

Evaluating the cost of litigation

If there is one thing that is guaranteed to attract the attention of in-house counsel it is the possibility of retaining external lawyers at zero cost. So it was no coincidence that, in the wake of legal and regulatory changes relating to the use of contingency fee and conditional fee agreements (CFAs), my presentation at […]

Flotation

Olswang acted for Greg Middleton & Co, the sponsor and broker on the flotation of LA Fitness on the London Stock Exchange. The Olswang team was led by corporate partner Simon Morgan, assisted by tax partner Mark Joscelyne and property partner Doreen Harris. Berwin Leighton acted for LA Fitness and certain selling shareholders with corporate […]

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