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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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Mayer Brown's new Valley office shuns capital markets

Chicago giant Mayer Brown & Platt is opening an office in Silicon Valley in May, but is shunning the capital markets strategy adopted by others moving in. Instead of targeting flotation work, which has been popular with most non-Californian firms moving in, Mayer Brown plans to increase its general practice for existing corporate clients based […]

Technology, Media and Telecoms

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After many years in the wilderness, private client departments have rediscovered a favourable profile, even at the leading City firms. At Macfarlanes, however, private client work has never been out of fashion. In fact, last year the department had the highest billable hours in the firm, despite its reputation as the Slaughter and May for […]

THE NATIONAL LOTTERY

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