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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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Mark Roppel joins DLA Piper’s corporate and finance group in New York

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Bristows posts 3.6 per cent revenue dip as it plans hiring spree

Bristows has seen its revenue dip by 3.6 per cent in 2013/14, ending a half-decade of strong growth. Turnover at the Unilever House-based firm doubled between 2007/08 and 2012/13, when it reached a high of £35.4m, but in 2013/14 that amount was down to £34.1m. Profit per equity partner (PEP) was also down significantly, from […]

Mishcon set to turn from partnership to full-equity LLP structure

Mishcon de Reya is to vote next month on converting to an LLP and bringing all of its salaried partners into the equity. The firm will transform its current partnership structure with 65 fixed-share partners and 37 equity partners to a full-equity LLP next year, dependent on a yes vote. Mishcon also lodged a formal application to […]

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Clydes settles whistleblowing claim with former partner Bates van Winkelhof

Clyde & Co has settled a long-running whistleblowing dispute with former partner Krista Bates van Winkelhof out of court after successive cases sought to establish the validity of the claim. The settlement is subject to a strict gagging order, which prohibits either side from revealing any of the details. In May the Supreme Court paved […]

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Wachtell and Clifford Chance set to go head-to-head in HP Autonomy war

A fraud battle brewing between Hewlett-Packard (HP) and former Autonomy managers could see Clifford Chance and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz squaring off in the High Court. Earlier this week the ongoing and acrimonious fallout from HP’s $11.1bn takeover of Autonomy in 2011 escalated, with HP accusing former Autonomy founder Michael Lynch and CFO Sushovan […]

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