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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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McLibel duo emerge triumphant from ECHR case

The pair of environmentalists who took fast food chain McDonald’s to court have sensationally won an appeal in the European Court of Human Rights against the British government. Helen Steel and David Morris were sued by McDonald’s in 1990 after they produced a leaflet for Greenpeace entitled ‘What’s Wrong With McDonald’s?’ After a lengthy trial […]

Group legal director Chidley in sudden exit from Royal Bank of Scotland

The Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) director of group legal services Mark Chidley is leaving after just three years with the bank. It is understood that Chidley, who replaced Derek Arnott in 2002, has not secured a position elsewhere. Prior to joining RBS, Chidley was a partner at Addleshaw Booth & Co (now Addleshaw Goddard) […]

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The Group for Solicitors with Disabilities (GSD) is organising an open day on 14 April hosted by Herbert Smith. The group would like to hear from students with disabilities who would be interested in attending. The aim is to provide students with an insight into how an international firm operates. The group’s training contracts and […]

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