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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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Solicitor struck off for property plan

A solicitor has been struck off the roll for breaching investment regulations after hundreds of investors placed up to £250,000 each in a property investment scheme he set up

Cuatrecasas plans launch in London

Magic circle Spanish firm Cuatrecasas is planning to open an office in London The Spanish firm has an alliance with Herbert Smith, but has rejected suggestions that it is opening in London to strengthen the relationship.Cuatrecasas managing partner Rafael Fontana said: “We’re planning to open in London soon, either in 2002 or the beginning of […]

Corporate summary

Field Fisher Waterhouse (Marie-Caroline Frochot, David Wilkinson, Mark Sellers, Belinda Benney) advised French group Castel Frères on its purchase of off-license group Oddbins from the Seagram Group, now owned by Diageo and Pernod Ricard. Macfarlanes acted for Pernod Ricard and Slaughter & May for Diageo. Gouldens (James Goold, Adam Greaves) advised Sovereign Capital on its […]

Builders group modifies panel

The National Federation of Builders has drastically overhauled its legal panel following a review, introducing 13 new firms The shake-up comes amid claims from former panel firms that the federation has started to levy charges for panel places.Six firms, including construction specialist Masons and national giants Wragge & Co and Bond Pearce, have been cut […]

Laws of motion

With transport issues fast becoming the Government’s new bugbear, Kerrie Dawson rounds up the latest legal developments and decisions concerning land, sea and air Safety at seathe Safety of commercial passenger ships has hit the headlines in recent years, particularly as a result of disasters such as the sinking of the cross-Channel car ferry the […]

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