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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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Falconer: Politicians should stop baiting judges

The Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer has warned his fellow ministers against interference in the rule of law. Speaking at the Annual Judges dinner last night, Lord Falconer said: “Whilst it is perfectly legitimate for ministers to address policy issues raised by individual judgements, ministers should not criticise judges.” He added: “Just as judges don’t do […]

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

More financial results, which means for some lucky employees it is bonus time. So far the firms that pay flat bonuses on their profit performances are still few and far between. Allen & Overy (A&O) has been doing this for a couple of years to its employees’ great satisfaction. This year its profit rose by […]

Italy

Just like its footballers, Italy’s lawyers have had a roller-coaster ride this year. While the match-fixing scandal has struck at the heart of the domestic football league, the banking sector has ridden out its turbulent times by replacing Bank of Italy governor Antonio Fazio with Mario Draghi. The change has already triggered a shift in […]

A patently obvious move

Europe moved a step closer to having a fully integrated patent judiciary this week. The draft European Patent Litigation Agreement (EPLA) gained momentum after internal markets commissioner Charlie McCreevy gave his support to the proposal. If implemented, it would create a common litigation court. Although trademarks have a pan-European registrar and central court, patents do […]

Stearns secures record fees on ExxonMobil case

Miami-based law firm Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson’s dreams came true earlier this month when a Miami federal judge awarded it $249m (£135.21m) in fees. The ruling, one of the largest fee awards on record in the US, follows Stearns’ successful representation of 11,000 petrol station owners in a $1.1bn (£597.32m) class action […]

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