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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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Former Slaughter and May partner Dermot Rice has emerged at the company owned by billionaire property developers, Nick and Christian Candy, after leaving the firm in November. The real estate partner, who joined Slaughters in 1986, will join Candy & Candy as a director in May 2014, on the back of the appointment of Simon […]

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One Essex Court’s Grabiner to lead BoE forex investigation

Heavyweight One Essex Court silk Tony Grabiner QC has been appointed to lead the independent investigation into allegations of forex manipulation at the Bank of England (BoE). The BoE’s oversight committee has tasked the silk with looking into whether any bank officials were involved with rigging the forex rates between 2005 and 2013. The silk […]

Walker Morris advises on sale of Shopacheck Financial Services to Rcapital

Lawyers at Walker Morris have advised Welcome Financial Services (a wholly owned subsidiary of Cattles) on the sale of Shopacheck Financial Services to Rcapital, a London-based private investment company. Shopacheck carries on the second-largest home-collected credit business in the UK and the deal will see Shopacheck merge with Rcapital’s existing home-collected credit business, Morses Club. […]

Getting your priorities in order — precedence clauses in commercial contracts

The Court of Appeal case of RWE Npower Renewables Ltd v J N Bentley Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 150 acts as a reminder to draftsman not to place too much reliance on these clauses and highlights the risks when all contractual documents are not properly reviewed before finalising agreements. RWE engaged Bentley to carry out civil engineering […]

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