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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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Let us work for free, say Brussels-based lawyers

In a rare show of unity trainees across nine international law firms have banded together to call for the establishment of a pro bono committee for UK lawyers based in Brussels. A group of 10 trainees from Clifford Chance, CMS Cameron McKenna, Coudert Brothers, Dechert, Eversheds, Linklaters, Lovells, Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw and Nabarro […]

Barclays picks CC and Dentons for African panel

Clifford Chance and Denton Wilde Sapte have won places on Barclays’ first international panel for its African operations. Mark Edwards, general counsel for Barclays Africa, said the two UK firms, along with US firms Shearman & Sterling and Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, had been selected because of their existing relationships with Barclays in London and […]

The work-life quiz

Simon Rous, senior partner, EPL division of Bevan Ashford What was your first ever job? Office boy to the Lonrho board in 1969. Before the days of the computerised registrar function I sealed millions of share certificates. What was your worst experience as a trainee? A spat with Max Williams (later to be Sir Max […]

Adrian Marsh: ING Group

With a sevenfold increase in profits, ING is turning its back on tougher times. Husnara Begum finds out how a management restructure and the new legal panel is helping Although the bitter taste of the large-scale redundancies that hit ING Group in November 2002 still lingers, there is increasing evidence of a recovery at the […]

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Stop press!!!

Newbury firm Gardner Leader wins a double Tulkinghorn award in a single story. Not only does the firm win this week’s Most Desperate Attempt to Win a Bit of Press Award, it literally marries that success with the award for the Non Sequitur of the Year prize. According to a bizarre press release last week, […]

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