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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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Greenberg alliance comes good as Olswang picks up energy deal

Olswang’s US alliance with Greenberg Traurig, along with its new office in Berlin, has helped the firm score a new corporate client in Europe. Olswang acted on the competition and finance matters for Oxbow Carbon, the world’s biggest marketer of petroleum coke, in its purchase of Dutch company SSM Coal. The deal will boost Oxbow’s […]

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Position: 28 hFirm: Shoosmiths Turnover: £103.4mProfit per equity partner: £327KEarnings per partner: £174KEquity spread: £240K-£336KNet profit: £12.4mProfit margin: 12 per centRevenue per fee-earner: £146KRevenue per lawyer: £297KRevenue per partner: £994KRevenue per equity partner: £2.59mTotal number of fee-earners: 707Total number of qualified partners: 348Total number of partners: 104Total number of equity partners: 40Total number of female […]

Techno probe

A recent Competition Commission probe highlights the importance of making the right decision on which review technology to choose. By Alex Dunstan-Lee Once upon a time documents were in a paper file in someone’s filing cabinet, and limited primarily to letters, faxes and meeting notes. But now they are more likely to be in a […]

The great divide

Tighter regulation of investment products will spark higher costs for professional advice and leave the mass market out in the cold. By Simon Gleeson The regulatory landscape for retail products in the UK is entering a period of rapid change. Financial Services Authority (FSA), EU and Government initiatives are all running strongly and it seems […]

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