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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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Clifford Chance taps Thacher Proffitt for US banking hire

Clifford Chance has hired a securitisation partner from Thacher Proffitt & Wood to beef up its US financial products practice. Robert Villani will join the firm’s New York office as partner in the financial products department advising banking and issuer clients on securitisation deals. Clifford Chance managing partner of the Americas Craig Medwick said: “We […]

Kent ‘in-house private practice’ smashes £1m

Kent County Council’s ‘in-house private practice’ legal team, KCC Legal, accounted for more than £1m of external income in 2007-08, the highest figure it has ever recorded. KCC Legal was launched in 1998 to offer legal services to other clients in addition to Kent County Council in order to generate income for the county. The […]

Irwin Mitchell bolsters corporate team with swoop for Howard Kennedy partner

Irwin Mitchell h a s poached Howard Kennedy corporate partner Andrew Woolf. Woolf joins the firm’s London corporate team after four years with Howard Kennedy. Head of Irwin Mitchell’s business and private client group Peter Wylde said: “Andrew has the right mix of entrepreneurial flair and legal expertise to complement our corporate team in London […]

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