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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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Revealed: McGrigors and Pinsent Masons moot £282m merger  

McGrigors and Pinsent Masons are preparing the ground for a potential merger in a deal that would make the combined firm the 12th largest in the UK by turnover. The firms today confirmed that they are holding merger talks, with partners due to vote on the deal by February. In a joint statement to The […]

Unsettling times for News Group

The Rolls Building will later today host the parties in the ongoing phone-hacking cases for a pre-trial hearing. This is a widely anticipated trial, with many media lawyers expecting it to be a crucial point in the build up to the expected full trial next month (see blog). There is still time for News of […]

Wikborg Rein hires Qatar Gas GC for City office

Norwegian firm Wikborg Rein has recruited the general counsel of the Qatar Gas Transport Company (Nakilat) as a partner in its London office. Joe McGladdery joins Wikborg Rein’s English law practice in London, alongside partners Clare Calnan and Rob Jardine-Brown. Between 2007 and 2011 McGladdery was responsible for developing Nakilat’s legal and insurance department. He […]

Osborne Clarke anoints new heads of London and Thames Valley

Osborne Clarke has elected two corporate partners as new heads of its London and Thames Valley offices after contested elections in both locations. Corporate partner Andrew Saul replaces digital business and commercial partner Simon Rendell as head of the London office at the end of this month after Rendell had served nearly six years in […]

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