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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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A&O wins chemical client from Slaughter and May

Allen & Overy has won work from a key Slaughter and May client. Previously, Slaughters was sole principal legal adviser to UK-based chemical company Laporte, one of the largest international life science specialist chemical manufacturers in Europe. But Laporte chose A&O as second principal adviser after Slaughters was conflicted out of the sale of one […]

Property

Herbert Smith acted for Greycoat on a £350m secured term loan facility and the sale of two London properties, one in Victoria for £100m to PA Consulting Group and the other in Bishopsgate for £28.78m to Hill Samuel Property Unit Trust. The financing team was led by banking partner David Wyles, while the disposal teams […]

South-east firms win council contract

South-east law firms Thomas Eggar Church Adams and Cripps Harries Hall have beaten off rivals to advise Brighton & Hove Council on commercial property work. The council has a commercial property portfolio which brings in £8m per year in rent and has over 10,000 acres of farmland. It says the volume of work has increased […]

Simmons changes partnership deeds

Simmons & Simmons has changed its partnership agreement to include gardening leave for the first time after losing nine partners this year. Four of the high-level departures took place in the last three months. A source close to the City firm says: “Simmons has just put in place a new partnership agreement which requires six-months’ […]

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