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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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Three-way French merger

French firms Office Juridique Francais et International, CEJEF and Degueldre & Gramblat have merged to form 40-lawyer ALEXEN Avocats with offices in Paris and Lyon.

New software head

John Burrill, MD of the legal software suppliers Linetime, has been appointed chairman of the Legal Software Suppliers Association, which has 17 members. He takes over from Tony Landes, managing director of Quill Systems.

Financing

Sharon E Hartline of White & Case advised a group of investors on First Philippine Holdings Corporation’s US$90m convertible note private placement. Debevoise & Plimpton acted as international counsel for the JP Morgan Group, Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz acted as Philippine counsel for JP Morgan and AIG Group, the note purchasers. Linklaters represented […]

Trusting in the referee

The introduction of a new ombudsman system in South Africa promises to offer justice for all. Mary Ruck reports. Mary Ruck is a barrister at 10 King’s Bench Walk, the chambers of Ronald Thwaites QC, and is on secondment to the Office of the Public Protector, supported by the Inns of Court Pegasus Scholarship Trust. […]

Carter-Ruck launches no win-no fee plan

Leading libel firm Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners is set to spark a huge upsurge in defamation cases against the media by announcing a new no win-no fee policy. The firm, founded by the doyen of libel law, Peter Carter-Ruck, will this week announce that clients who begin defamation will not have to pay fees if […]

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