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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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Denton Wilde Sapte fills media post

Denton Wilde Sapte’s head of corporate is moving post and taking the helm of the firm’s media and technology department. Tony Grant is replacing Alan Williams, who has stood down as the leader of the firm’s prestigious media group. Partner Steven Goodman takes over as head of the 37-partner corporate department. Grant says that he […]

Sector Insight Insurance

Practising law in the insurance sector is akin to working on a conveyer belt – settle one piece of work and another appears at the beginning of the line. In an industry which is widely recognised as being one of the heaviest users of legal services, specifically for low cost litigation claims work, it is […]

A timeline for undergraduates studying law at university

First year Autumn Join your student Law Society, talk to law students in the years above and attend any law firm or chambers presentations you can Spring Research and apply for as many different kinds of vacation placements/mini-pupillages as possible for the following summer Summer Don’t fail your exams Second year Autumn Attend law firm […]

Empty nests

The number of trainees choosing not to stay on at the firm they qualified with has hit unprecedented levels. Firms which are investing time and money in seeing students through to qualification are watching them walk out the door after two years, and the question for any firm must be “what has gone wrong, and […]

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