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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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Mysterious parent Epsilon makes estimated £640m profit thanks to Enterprise Act. By Helen Power The collapse of Allders in January has put the spotlight on little-known restructuring retail specialist Hilco. The UK division Hilco is part of a consortium of investors that bought up Lehman Brothers’ debt in Allders. Further details of the consortium, which […]

Pinsents City chief moves to Kirkpatrick

Pinsent Masons’ joint London managing partner and national head of corporate has quit to join Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham. Pinsent Masons‘ joint London managing partner and national head of corporate has quit to join Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham. Martin Lane, who was named Pinsents’ joint London managing partner alongside Martin Roberts in December 2004 following last […]

Walker Morris victorious in Bradford City FC case

Walker Morris‘s sports team has won a crucial football case with major repercussions for the lucrative football transfer market. Partners Chris Caisley and David Hinchliffe led the team advising Bradford City Football Club in its appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne against a decision of Fifa’s Players’ Statute Committee. The case […]

EDF chooses Lovells to advise on credit facility

Lovells’ Paris office has acted for Electricite de France (EDF) on a new credit facility, underlining the power of the borrowers in the European loan markets. At e6bn (£4.17bn), the multi-currency revolving credit facility is one of the largest in the market. EDF is the latest in a growing number of borrowers to refinance its […]

Oxfam asks City firms to help put stop to poverty

For the first time Oxfam is looking to mobilise the skills and influence of City lawyers as part of a radical campaign to eradicate Third World poverty. The ‘Making Poverty History’ initiative will see City lawyers join forces with Oxfam – among other non-government organisations – to provide pro bono advice on international trade, debt, […]

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