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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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Clifford Chance faces £54m suit over China deal

Southern Energy (Shajiao C) Ltd, a global energy provider and its subsidiary Consolidated Electric Power Asia, are among the five-strong consortium suing the law firm for the alleged breach of the 1991 contract. Clifford Chance, which has built up a prosperous practice in Hong Kong with 130 lawyers advising Chinese companies, grossed more than £440 […]

France Telecom

France Telecom buys stake in Equant from the Sita Foundation; Equant merges with France Telecom’s US subsidiary Global One. France Telecom advised by Jones Day Reavis & Pogue (Jere Thomson), Linklaters & Alliance, Nauta Dutilh and investment bank Rothschild & Cie. Equant advised by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Allen & Overy and Morgan Stanley […]

Legal aid fees frozen

Lord Irvine also warned yesterday that payments made to barristers may be slashed, claiming they are “excessive” compared with those made to other publicly-funded professionals. He says: “I am considering whether fees claimed by counsel in cases outside the graduated fee scheme may be excessive and whether the graduated fee scheme itself is too generous. […]

Prosecutors may be able to appeal acquittals

Attorney General, Lord Williams QC has announced that the Government has asked the Law Commission to draw up plans to allow wider rights of appeal against adverse decisions of a judge. If accepted, the Government’s plans would give English and Welsh prosecutors a right of appeal if a defendant is acquitted by a jury on […]

White & Case sets up real estate team

White & Case has become the latest US firm to launch a London-based real estate practice, hiring a partner from CMS Cameron McKenna to establish the new team. Louise Anderson is expected to join White & Case before Christmas. It is not yet known whether any assistants or clients will come to White & Case […]

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