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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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Veale Wasbrough has bolstered its Bristol office, taking on secondee Zhang Hui from Guangzhou firm Whobound Law Firm for three months as part of the Lord Chancellor’s Training Scheme for Young Chinese Lawyers. – Veale Wasbrough has bolstered its Bristol office, taking on secondee Zhang Hui from Guangzhou firm Whobound Law Firm for three months […]

BLG stakes all on City litigation referrals

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) is to make litigation the linchpin of the firm, signalling the end of any pretence at focusing on transactional practices. New head of commercial litigation Julian Randall told The Lawyer: “Our hook is that we are purely litigators so are not out to steal away clients.” The strategy refocus follows […]

Hammonds’ chief seeks second term

Hammonds managing partner Peter Crossley has declared that he will run for a second term in office. Crossley told The Lawyer that he has made a formal announcement to the partnership proclaiming that he wishes to continue in his post after April 2008, when his current four-year term ends. “There’s still a lot to be […]

A&O hires Freshfields Italian banking head

Allen & Overy has taken the first step in rebuilding its Italian banking practice, snatching Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Italian finance chief Stefano Sennhauser This year A&O lost banking partners Davide Mencacci to Linklaters and Giancarlo Castorino to Italian boutique MBL & Partners. In response the firm transferred partner Paul Flanagan from London to Milan, but […]

Sole mates

McGrigors’ new relationship with shoe retailer Jimmy Choo has been a big win for the firm’s real estate team. Having advised on four deals for the group in the past four months, this is understandably a relationship the firm wishes to nurture. While discussing the team’s latest deal with Jimmy Choo, McGrigors partner Suzanne Gill […]

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