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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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Legal laughing stocks

Flamboyant boxing promoter Don King is a fan of the British legal system. After he won a court victory against fellow promoter Frank Warren, the shock-haired king of hype offered enthusiastic praise for our justice system. So one wonders what he will make of London firm Class Law representing English boxing fans seeking compensation over […]

Bond Pearce pre-litigation unit targets insurers

SOUTH OF England firm Bond Pearce has set up a dedicated pre-litigation unit for its top-end insurance clients. The unit will be headed by partners Bettina Rigg and Neil Trayhurn. Trayhurn says: “We bel-ieve that our pre-litigation unit is the first of its kind in the UK.” Senior claims specialist Daren Pemberton says: “We foresaw […]

Six leading firms advising on Gucci power struggle

At least six top Dutch and US law firms are advising in the battle to control Italian fashion house Gucci. Gucci’s main lawyers are London-based partner Scott Simpson of US firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Peter Wakkie, corporate lawyer at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek – the Dutch member of Linklaters & Alliance. […]

Summit merges in-house teams for Woolf

MOTORING insurance company Summit at Lloyd’s has integrated its in-house and claims-handling teams. The merged team – called Just Law – is to be launched on 26 April in response to the Woolf Reforms. Hazel Hammonds, principal solicitor at Summit, says that by merging the teams the firm will be able to respond more quickly […]

Case of the week

If ever there was a case for reform of the House of Lords, Home Secretary Jack Straw has found it. Straw had doubtless been fervently hoping that the Law Lords would quietly dispose of the small matter of having to decide whether to extradite former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet to Spain on human rights […]

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