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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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Redeeming features

A less litigious approach to fund redemptions is staving off the expected bloodbath. By Robert Shepherd and Anthony Williams Yeats’ The Second Coming ­perhaps describes best how some lawyers and financiers are feeling about the world economy at the moment: “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” However, for […]

Business as usual after Mandy’s mandate

Business secretary Peter Mandelson made a bold move when he gave the green light for Lloyds TSB to take over struggling HBOS at the end of last year. While the Government stopped short of actually altering competition rules to let the merger take place, it did rush through some secondary legislation that meant Mandelson rather […]

Husband and wife to take silk together

Husband and wife barrister duo Joanna Smith and Mark Vanhegan will walk down the aisle together again when they both take silk before the Lord ­Chancellor next month. Husband and wife barrister duo Joanna Smith (pictured) and Mark Vanhegan will walk down the aisle together again when they both take silk before the Lord ­Chancellor […]

Links combines key partner meetings

Linklaters has scrapped one of its two annual partnership ­meetings by merging its partnership retreat and strategy meetings into a single conference. Linklaters ;has scrapped one of its two annual ;partnership ­meetings by merging its partnership retreat and strategy meetings into a single conference. The move comes as the firm looks to scale down the size of […]

Dechert: second round of layoffs this month

Dechert has made its second round of layoffs this month, shedding 10 staff lawyers. The US firm has culled one ninth of its US staff attorney workforce due to insufficient workflows. The move comes after The Lawyer reported that Dechert laid off 19 lawyers in the US due to a reduction in demand for legal […]

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