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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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International firm moves up in world

International law firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom is moving its London office and its European headquarters to Canary Wharf in anticipation of a recruitment drive The US-based firm, which employs more than 1,150 lawyers in 21 offices around the world, has taken approximately 19,000sq ft on the 39th floor of the tower at […]

Stress levels reduced after Hardwicke Buildings move

A change of venue has resulted in a change of attitude for barristers and staff at Hardwicke Building Chambers. The 70 tenants of the Lincoln’s Inn chambers moved from their cramped 6,000sq ft site to a new 17,500sq ft complex earlier this year. It was officially opened by Lord Woolf on 4 November. Chambers chief […]

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German moves

International lawyer Reinhard Hermes has joined US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius’s Frankfurt office as the firm’s first German partner. He has joined the firm from the Frankfurt office of US firm Cleary Gottleib Steen & Hamilton. Hermes is admitted to the German bar and the New York bar. His practice focuses on foreign investment […]

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