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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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Lathams shakes up LA management

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The former editor of The Observer Will Hutton once said that the regulator was “the British state in miniature” (The State We’re In, 1996). His words have ironic resonance in the title of the new House of Lords Select Committee report on the constitution, ‘The Regulatory State: Ensuring its Accountability’, which was published in May. The idea behind the […]

Landwell partner moves to Bird & Bird

Landwell has sustained a partner loss after its London-based head of real estate left for Bird & Bird. Russell Dellar will team up once again with Bird & Bird head of real estate Jonathan Baker. The pair were partners at Denton Wilde Sapte before Dellar joined Landwell and Baker moved to Bird & Bird. First […]

Freshfields stands down as appeal hearing pends

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is expected to be granted leave to appeal this afternoon (3 June) against the injunction brought against the firm yesterday by Marks & Spencer’s lawyers Slaughter and May. A hearing has been scheduled at 2.00pm today where the firm’s application to appeal will be heard. It is then expected Freshfields’ appeal will […]

Freshfields update: “The horse may well have bolted.”

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has offered two undertakings in its attempt to overturn an injunction preventing the firm from acting on Philip Green’s bid for Marks & Spencer (M&S) So far during the hearing, which is in session at the moment, Michael Brindle QC, as counsel for Freshfields, has undertaken that “Green and the consortium have […]

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