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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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City firms woo US partners

CITY FIRMS Herbert Smith and Freshfields are bucking the transatlantic appointment trend by recruiting US lawyers. Herbert Smith is adding two new partners to its international securities practice. US lawyers Jim Wickenden and Allen Hanen will be joining in March this year from the London office of US investment bankers JP Morgan. Freshfields is gaining […]

In brief: Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke and alliance partner Graf von Westphalen Fritze & Modest – Germany’s thirteenth largest firm – have merged offices in Frankfurt. Osborne Clarke calls it a significant step in strengthening its alliance with five European firms based in Milan, Barcelona, Rotterdam, Copenhagen and Frankfurt.

Fines for footballers

PROFESSIONAL footballers should be prosecuted for assaulting opponents, according to Judge Richard Benson. Judge Benson, sitting in Nottingham Crown Court, sentenced a 49-year-old amateur footballer to two year’s probation and fined him u300 for causing actual bodily harm to an opposing player by headbutting him during a match. Benson said: “Paolo di Canio pushed over […]

Jacksons and Crutes pull out of North East merger talks

Merger talks between Newcastle firms Jacksons and Crutes have broken down at the last minute. The two firms – which sources say have been in talks for three weeks – say the discussions broke down due to “operational concerns and potential client conflicts”. An industry source says the talks had reached the stage where Jacksons […]

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