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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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Blackstone Chambers’ Michael Fordham and Friends of the Earth’s Rights & Justice Centre have won a High Court victory on behalf of hundreds of cyclists. Friends of the Earth’s in-house lawyer Phil Michaels instructed Fordham on a pro bono basis to bring the case for cyclist Des Kay against the Metropolitan police. Kay is one […]

When bigger isn’t always better

It seems that Blake Lapthorn Linnell’s merger with Hampshire-based White & Bowker – the firm’s third merger in less than five years – proved not to everyone’s taste. Though poised to create a 300-partner, £40m regional heavyweight, the move saw disaffected lawyers from the smaller White & Bowker splitting for rival outfits – including the […]

CC targets Romania through local tie-up

Clifford Chance has formed an association with a Romanian firm as the first step to a potential merger as it looks to capitalise on the growing work coming out of the country. As first reported on www.the lawyer.com (19 June), Clifford Chance has launched an office in Bucharest through an association with 24-fee-earner local firm […]

Profits and performance

Partners at ASB will be taking comfort from the fact that profit per equity partner (PEP) is up by 24 per cent on last year, hitting £161,000 after 2004-05’s £130,000. Bizarrely, the firm declined to reveal fee income, which is understood to have remained static at last year’s £18.2m. Recent months have also seen strong […]

Weil Gotshal boosts NQ salary to £75,000

Weil Gotshal & Manges has joined the swathe of US firms out-paying their UK rivals, increasing associate salaries in London by up to 20 per cent. The New York firm will increase newly qualified (NQs) salaries in the UK by 20 per cent from £62,500 to £75,000. This compares with the benchmark of £55,000 for […]

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