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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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Frankly, you look a M&S…

Tulkinghorn is rarely out of his dinner jacket, and so doesn’t understand the last-minute panic buying that lawyers go through the day before a big black-tie event. A reliable mole informs Tulkinghorn that Ashurst senior partner Geoffrey Green fell into just such a panic on the day of The Lawyer Awards. He rushed to Marks […]

Magic circle keeps US rivals at bay with record year

Bumper times for the UK’s top firms as they beat US giants with £1bn-plus revenues The magic circle ­ hierarchy remains intact after Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters published their financial results for the 2007-08 year. All four magic circle firms now boast turnovers of more than £1bn, with Clifford Chance remaining the world’s […]

DLA Düsseldorf takes White & Case team

DLA Piper’s Cologne office has poached a corporate team of two partners and three associates from White & Case in Düsseldorf. Former White & Case partner Andreas Meyer-Landrut and local partner Kerstin Schnabel will start as equity partners at DLA, joined by three associates. Meyer-Landrut told German magazine Juve: “We are looking forward to the […]

A&O, CC, Norton Rose land Barclays roles

Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance and Norton Rose have scooped lead roles on Barclays’ £4.5bn share issue. Norton Rose partner Martin Scott led the firm advising the China Development Bank in its purchase of £136m of new shares. Longstanding Barclays adviser Clifford Chance is leading the bank on the investment, which will see sovereign […]

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