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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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Scottish firms stand out from flock in Dolly deal

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Delaying tactics favour no one

Defence solicitors are being accused of dragging out hearings which can lead to extra costs, reports Roger Pearson. Huge and unnecessary costs which are ultimately paid by the public purse are being racked up by protracted litigation in cases that are destined to settle but in which defendants, often for tactical reasons, delay settlement. A […]

In brief: New head for RB commercial litigation

Richards Butler has appointed 37-year-old Roger Parker as group manager of the firm’s commercial litigation department. It claims that Parker is one of the youngest lawyers ever to lead a major City litigation practice.

Rowe & Maw loses star player to Macfarlanes

Leading London construction lawyer Tony Blackler has joined Macfarlanes from Rowe & Maw, to help the firm build up a construction practice. At the same time Barlow Lyde & Gilbert’s construction head, Robert Oakes, has been recruited by Manches & Co for the same purpose. Blackler’s departure comes as a blow to Rowe & Maw […]

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