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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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Spanish firm Garrigues pulled the plug on its young Romanian office recently. James Swift finds out why, and if this is a sign of things to come Law firms hate admitting defeat. By nature, lawyers are thorough and risk-averse, meaning the wheels of change are slow to turn. But once a plan has been set […]

Bakers revamps City management team as Evason stands down

Baker & McKenzie has rejigged its London office management committee with the election of IP partner Paul Rawlinson Rawlinson replaces employment partner John Evason, who stands down after three years in the role. Evason this week features in The Lawyer Hot 100 2011 as a result of his work for long-term client British Airways (BA). […]

Gowlings continues City push with hire of Pinsents’ project finance head

Gowlings has given its London energy, infrastructure and mining group a boost by hiring Pinsent Masons’ UK head of project finance. Nicholas Iliff will join Gowlings as a partner in London in the firm’s energy, infrastructure and mining group. Iliff specialises in public-private partnership projects, and over the past 11 years has closed more then […]

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Lucasfilm invokes the force of Sumption QC in Star Wars showdown

Brick Court’s Jonathan Sumption QC has been called upon to represent Lucasfilm in its Supreme Court battle over the alleged copyright infringement of the Star Wars stormtrooper helmet. Sumption, who is well regarded for his Supreme Court prowess, has been instructed by Harbottle & Lewis partner Mark Owen to lead the case alongside Wilberforce Chambers […]

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Hogan Lovells, Linklaters lead on sale of Australian DP World assets

Hogan Lovells and Linklaters have advised on a major investment by Citi Infrastructure Investors in DP World’s Australian-based terminals business. DP World has sold a 75 per cent stake in its Australian operation, which includes container terminals based in Adelaide, Brisbane, Fremantle, Melbourne and Sydney, for a sum of US$1.5bn (£970m) to Citi Infrastructure Investors […]

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