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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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Royal Dutch Shell has appointed a new legal director to take over from incumbent Beat Hess, who retires in January 2011. Peter Rees QC joins from the London office of US firm Debevoise & Plimpton, where he is a partner in the dispute resolution group. Debevoise European chair of litigation Lord Goldsmith QC said: “Peter […]

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Swedish firm Hamilton Advokatbyrå has split from its regional offices and merged with another Stockholm firm, Nilsson & Co, after the Lehman Brothers collapse forced the firm to rethink its niche practice. The firm is now aiming to compete with larger, full-service firms in Stockholm. Prior to the restructuring Hamilton had 100 lawyers through collaborations […]

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Very few pieces of legislation have gained as much traction in recent years as the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The startling statistics are as ­follows: In 2007 the total amount of FCPA-related fines was $155m £98.1m). In the first quarter of 2010 it was $1.45bn. Although the FCPA is just a part of […]

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