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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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CC sends Latin America chief to Tokyo practice

Clifford Chance’s London head of its Latin American practice is being posted to Tokyo to boost its Far East operation. It is expected that US firm Rogers & Wells, if its merger with Clifford Chance goes ahead, will then take control of Latin America from its New York office. Stephen Roith will move in September […]

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It was recently reported in The Lawyer (26 April) that the commercial bar is in a state of crisis as its work is drying up. That is, of course, partly due to streamlining effected by the civil procedure reforms, but also partly a consequence of solicitors realising they are as capable as barristers of performing […]

City firms score death row wins

CITY firms Lawrence Graham and SJ Berwin have scored a victory for death row clients in Jamaica. Lawrence Graham has persuaded the Privy Council to quash a Jamaican death row conviction in the same week SJ Berwin won a last-minute stay of execution for another death row prisoner, Neville Lewis. The Privy Council’s intervention has […]

In brief: McDermott Will & Emery

McDermott Will & Emery has raided Baker & McKenzie for the second time this year, poaching top telecoms partner Stephanie Liston. Liston joins US firm McDermotts to head its European communications practice hot on the heels of Fraser Younson, Bakers’ former head of employment, who joined the firm in March.

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