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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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First users try out new Quill system

Fennell Betson reports Essex residential conveyancing practice Darcy White is one of the first to try Quill Computer Systems’ conveyancing case management system. Partner Roger Morse says: “Because of this we have been able to incorporate some of our own ideas into the software.” Quill’s managing director Tony Landes says the new system is currently […]

Latin America poised for onslaught from US firms

US lawyers are targeting Latin America as a major growth area for legal work, in response to the business spin-off from the increasing numbers of US and British companies setting up there. Delegates from US-based Commercial Law Affiliates (CLA), the world’s largest law firm network, met in Sao Paulo, Brazil, earlier this month to consider […]

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Vanguard Medica was advised by McKenna & Co on the signing of a license agreement for kidney disease treatment with British Technology Group, advised by its in-house legal team. The firm also advised on the collaboration of Vanguard Medica with Smithkline Beecham, advised by the in-house legal team, on an anti-migraine drug. Vanguard Medica was […]

A&O partner heads for Warsaw

ALLEN & Overy partner Stephen Denyer has moved from his London base to head the firm’s Central and Eastern European practice in Warsaw. Denyer, who has controlled the practice from the UK for the past five years, officially takes over in Poland next month. Graham Donnell is returning from Warsaw to rejoin the London corporate […]

Bella appoints Scottish solicitor in advisory role

SCOTTISH solicitor Iain Taylor has been appointed chair of the British Law Association for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (Bella). Taylor, a partner at Glasgow firm Bishop and Robertson Chalmers, succeeds Michael Fysh QC who stepped down last year because of increasing work commitments at his 8 New Square chambers. Established in 1992, the organisation aims […]

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