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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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Congratulations to Shoosmiths, which won Management Team of the Year at The Lawyer awards. It posted another rise in profit per equity partner this year of 16 per cent, to £396,000 – the fifth consecutive year of profit increase. Turnover was up 23 per cent. Other national firms, take note.

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The World Cup Final: what a game, what a day, what a load of lawyers with blagged tickets. Slaughters’ Nigel Boardman was there, as was Latham’s Andrew Moyle. But what Tulkinghorn really wanted to know was the state of any Italian lawyers who’d either made the game, or even watched it on telly, the day […]

Legal aid set for massive shake-up

The legal aid market is set for massive upheaval in a series of reforms that will change the way practitioners work and are paid. The changes will come following Lord Carter of Coles’ review of legal aid procurement, whic was published last week (13 July). A year of intensive work has led to the most […]

Court of First Instance blocks BMG-Sony merger

In an unprecedented move, the Court of First Instance has overturned the European Commission’s decision to clear the merger between Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) and Sony Music. The surprise decision, which was announced last Thursday (13 July), is the first time a merger clearance by the Commission has been reversed by the Court of First […]

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