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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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Hammonds and Sackers secure landmark Sea Containers decision

Hammonds and Sacker & Partners are giving legal advice to Sea Containers’ pension funds after the Pensions Regulator took steps towards making the company meet the scheme’s deficits. The US company and its UK subsidiary Sea Containers Services, which owns GNER, are both currently going through Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the US. Under that, […]

German trio boosts Lovells litigation team

Lovells has boosted its dispute resolution team in Germany with the hire of a team from German independent Aderhold von Dalwigk Knüppel. Partner Jürgen Witte, counsel Kim Mehrbrey and at least one associate will join Lovells’ Düsseldorf office, boosting the practice to more than 40 lawyers in Germany. Witte said he joined Lovells for a […]

White Collar Crime: Court borders

With a number of countries breaking down barriers on cross-border white-collar crime, UK nationals who breach their codes could find themselves facing foreign justice. By Robert Goldspink, Thierry Dalmasso and Mark Bravin UK-based international businesses and businesspeople are increasingly exposed to prosecution abroad if they fall foul of other states’ rules on corporate governance. Industrialised […]

Mourant’s Pole vault

Global warming is no longer the biggest concern for the North Pole’s polar bears. Now the endangered not-so-cuddly critters face the calamity of an invasion of offshore lawyers. In Mourant du Feu & Jeune’s latest attempts to challenge offshore rivals Maples & Calder’s size or Conyers Dill & Pearman’s geographical spread, the Jersey-headquartered firm has […]

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