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Cayman Grand Court hands down decision on master-feeder fund structures

By Giorgio Subiotto, Tim Cone The Cayman Grand Court has handed down a decision that has significance for Cayman master-feeder fund structures. Funds and their advisers should review the redemption provisions in master fund articles of association and partnership agreements to ensure that, operationally, redemptions are being effected in accordance with such documents. Background In the matter […]

Reduction of partial transition compensation for working hours by Supreme Court

By Lucas Hoogervorst, Maureem in Poel The Supreme Court ruled last Friday that, in short, a partial amendment of an existing employment contract in circumstances that have to be borne by the employer, may result in the payment of a partial transition payment. This concerns the special case that, due to circumstances, is forced to proceed […]

Prinsjesdag- Tax plan 2019

The government submitted the Tax Plan 2019 and related legislative proposals to the House of Representatives. A number of parts of these legislative proposals that may be relevant include: 1. Change of rates in corporation tax, income tax and VAT 2. Limiting depreciation possibilities buildings in own use 3. Limitation periods for loss settlement in corporation […]

Prinsjesdag 2018- Indirect taxes

The government submitted the Tax Plan 2019 and related legislative proposals to the House of Representatives. A number of elements of these legislative proposals that may be relevant include: 1. Increased VAT rate reduced from 6% to 9% 2. Extension of VAT sports exemption 3. Implementation E-commerce Directive 4. Modernization small entrepreneur scheme

2019 Dutch budget

The 2019 Dutch Budget (the Budget) includes a proposal to abolish the existing dividend withholding tax, replacing it with a withholding tax on dividend payments to related entities in low-tax jurisdictions and in cases of abuse as of 1 January 2020. In a separate proposal, implementing the EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive (ATAD1) new rules are […]

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Quote of the week

“He used to get drunk at parties and they decided this was the sort of person they should have.” – Management consultant Alan Hodgart on how one firm decided on its new partners.

Bevan Ashford rebuts bullying allegations

Bristol-based firm Bevan Ashford is facing a charge of constructive dismissal from a former marketing executive. The firm, which is well-known in the South West for its employment work, failed to stop “systematic bullying” in its marketing department by its former head Sarah Hall, according to Erica Hodkinson. Sources allege that Hall’s departure followed investigations […]

The media lawyer has finally come of age

Twenty years ago the mention of a media lawyer conjured up images of shiny suits and one-sided contracts. Now, expertise in intellectual property (IP) law is a fundamental component of the staple of the 21st century lawyer’s diet: the corporate-media deal. It was in the early 1980s that the potential for wealth creation of businesses […]

Law firms may be needed to draft new laws

The Government’s lawyers are reportedly so snowed under with the weighty workload that Labour’s legislative programme is facing delay. The utilities bill, for example, – which reforms utility regulations – was due to be published before Christmas, but is now, apparently, on hold. There are also growing fears that the financial services and markets bill […]

Battle for Singapore licences

Australian lawyers are attempting to prevent UK firms from securing licences to practise local law in Singapore. The Australian government is coming under increased pressure from the Law Council of Australia to lobby hard for the right to practise in the former colony. Under new licensing arrangements, which were passed by the Singapore parliament at […]

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