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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?

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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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BLP’s revenues stagnate at the half-year point

Berwin Leighton Paisner has posted flat growth for the first six months of the 2008-09 financial year, attracting £84m in fee income over the period. The firm’s turnover stood at £84m at the same point last year following a 20 per cent rise. A BLP spokesperson said: “Growth is essentially flat. We’ve seen fee income […]

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Beresfords fights coalminer allegations

Doncaster-based law firm Beresfords Solicitors yesterday denied exploiting sick miners and claimed it acted properly when earning millions of pounds from its clients. As reporter on TheLawyer.com on Monday, the firm’s name partner Jim Beresford and his colleague Douglas Smith have been hauled up in front of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal accused of 11 counts […]

CME Group goes global with Emea legal hire

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group has kicked off its international expansion with the hire of Taylor Wessing partner Adrienne Seaman as legal director and associate ­general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Group has kicked off its international expansion with the hire of Taylor Wessing partner Adrienne Seaman […]

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