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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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DWS opts to reinstate biannual trainee intake

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) is reintroducing March intakes following a hiatus of almost six years. The first new batch of March trainees will join DWS in 2007 and will see the firm take on between eight and 10 graduates. DWS hopes the move will offer more flexibility to potential trainees and increase its overall intake. […]

Simmons finance pitch wins over Bear Stearns

Simmons & Simmons has won a competitive pitch to advise Bear Stearns on its European structured capital markets business. The appointment will see Simmons advise on all aspects of Bear Stearns’ capital markets business, including securitised equity and credit and fixed-income derivatives. Jeremy Hoyland, head of Simmons’ financial markets department and the Bear Stearns relationship […]

Property Czechs

A hitherto overlooked area of Czech law, recent changes will ensure that real estate becomes an important investment opportunity in the country. Tomas Bettelheim reports Real estate has largely a been neglected area of law in terms of new legislation in the Czech Republic, particularly legislation aimed at creating more investor-friendly conditions. However, a few […]

Livingstone to be witness in Thames Water inquiry

National firm Shoosmiths is preparing to put the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone on the stand as it acts for Thames Water in a forthcoming planning inquiry. Head of planning Iain Gilbey has spent the past five years working for Thames Water, advising on a proposed £200m desalination plant in Beckton, East London. In April, […]

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