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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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Restructuring firms anticipate a boom when UK interest rates get jacked up and from mandates coming from Asia The Bank of England’s hint that interest rates could rise soon has restructuring lawyers anticipating a busy 2014. “An upturn in the economy and a possible increase in interest rates means activity in the restructuring market is […]

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CBRE promotes internally for new EMEA GC

Investment management company CBRE Global Investors has promoted its deputy EMEA general counsel Anja Ijlstra to the position of general counsel for the EMEA region. Ijlstra replaces Fabrice Rochu, who passed away in November 2013. She will sit on the European management board for the company, which is one of the largest global investment management […]

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KPMG applies to extend Cobbetts administration period by six months

KPMG has applied to extend the administration period for collapsed Manchester firm Cobbetts by six months, a report by KPMG reveals. The administration was scheduled to automatically end on 5 February 2014 unless the joint administrators could not complete their objectives.  The filing, published today (22 January 2014), reveals that the joint administrators’ have requested for […]

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Betfair legal director quits months after resignation of company secretary

Betfair legal director Justin Hubble has left the gambling company just months after company secretary Martin Cruddace resigned. Hubble joined Betfair as head of legal in October 2003 and, a decade later, was promoted to legal director, understood to be the group’s most senior legal role. It is not clear if his promotion was linked […]

How imminent changes to TUPE could reduce the cost of your supply chain

As most retailers will testify, managing the risks and costs associated with TUPE can be a real problem when making changes to supply chains. As the law currently stands, a change of supplier or service provider will usually trigger the application of TUPE. The main effect of this being that the relevant employees (generally speaking, […]

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