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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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Clifford Chance has raided the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to hireCarlos Conceicao, one of the UK’s leading regulatory enforcement lawyers.Conceicao joins the magic circle firm as director of regulatory enforcement.He was previously co-he… Clifford Chance has raided the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to hire Carlos Conceicao, one of the UK’s leading regulatory enforcement lawyers. Conceicao […]

Garrigues launches Porto office with eight-lawyer Cuatrecasas raid

Garrigues has opened its first office in Porto, scooping eight Portuguese lawyers from rival Spanish firm Cuatrecasas. Garrigues has invested heavily in Portugal this year. In February the firm launched a tax practice in Lisbon, hiring the entire tax team from Portuguese firm Castro Silva & Associados, and in April Garrigues absorbed the eight-lawyer Lisbon […]

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HP legal team under fire from California attorney general

Hewlett Packard’s in-house legal function and senior management is bracing itself for an investigation by California’s attorney general. In a US television interview on Tuesday night, California attorney general Bill Lockyer said: “People’s identities were taken falsely, and it’s a crime. People accessed computer records that had personal information. That’s a crime.” The probe follows […]

BOC counsel defies odds to head merged legal team

BOC Group’s legal chief has been spared the axe as the resurgence of M&A activity results in sweeping changes in the legal departments of some of the UK’s largest companies. Despite the takeover by Germany’s Linde, the industrial gases giant’s legal director Nick Deeming secured the role to head the combined businesses’ in-house legal function […]

The work-life quiz Jonathan marsh

What was your first-ever job?Selling advertising space for a second-hand car sales publication. It taught me about how far people will go when they rely on a commission-based income. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Applying for mortgage repossession orders at the County Court. I’d have people twice my age begging me not to […]

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