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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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Council fears explosion risk

Bromsgrove District Council is heading for a High Court showdown in London with a man it accuses of creating the possibility of an explosion by work he has carried out on an old tip in Bromsgrove. The council is to seek court orders banning the man, identified as T O’Neill in the claim, from interfering […]

Bolt Court and 7 Stone Buildings merge

The chambers of 11 Bolt Court and 7 Stone Buildings have merged to create a 45-tenant set. The set does not yet have a new name or premises – although both are under urgent review. After a number of failed investigations into other sets, 11 Bolt Court entered negotiations with 7 Stone Buildings in April. […]

A&O, Linklaters cut back in CIS

Allen & Overy and Linklaters are making redundancies in their Moscow offices, The Lawyer can reveal. Allen & Overy has made three local lawyers and three support staff redundant in a move which should save the firm an estimated £150,000. Linklaters has also laid off three Moscow-based Russian lawyers. A Linklaters spokeswoman confirms: “We have […]

Lord Irvine slams LawSoc over QC stance

The Lord Chancellor has attacked the Law Society following its call for QCs to be abolished and announcement that it is boycotting the soundings process. In a furious letter to Law Society president Robert Sayer, Lord Irvine declares himself “deeply disappointed” with the society’s adoption of a public position before Sir Leonard Peach’s scrutiny of […]

US firm acts in $115bn mega deal

New York firm Cravath Swaine & Moore has advised on the biggest deal in history – a telecommunications merg-er worth $115bn. The 442-lawyer firm, which has offices in London, represented MCI WorldCom on its merger with Sprint Corp. Cravaths partners made over $2m last year – the second biggest average profits per partner in New […]

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