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Latest Briefings

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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Jones Day bolsters Europe practices with five partners

Jones Day Reavis & Pogue has boosted its Paris, Madrid and Belgian offices with the recruitment of five new partners. The firm’s Madrid office takes on two-partner competition practice G&J Abogados, while the Paris office is gaining two corporate partners from Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot. Stibbe partners Oliver Edwards and Jean-Marc Franceschi will join the […]

DESPA

A high level of direct investment and forward-funding activity from this German investment fund, particularly over the last 18 months, have made it one of Simmons’ most significant property clients. Better still, Simmons is the only English firm Despa uses. The relationship goes back to Despa’s first investment in the UK six years ago and […]

Digest

Addleshaw Booth & Co’s Leeds office is losing the head of its competition practice to Eversheds. Rod Lambert, who has been with Addleshaws for just over a year, is joining Eversheds as a partner to be the first competition lawyer in its Manchester office. Adam Collinson, head of competition at Eversheds’ Manchester and Leeds offices, […]

Clifford Chance scores £10bn for oil company

Clifford Chance has successfully steered its client towards a $14.75bn (£10bn) United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) award, the largest ever payment of its kind. The firm is acting for the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), which was awarded the money for the loss of just over two years worth of oil production due to the 1990 […]

Polish government set to grant LLP status to foreign law firms

The Polish government is on the verge of passing legislation that allows foreign law firms to become limited liability partnerships (LLPs). Until recently, foreign law firms have operated in Poland as limited liability companies. But under new laws, which are in the final stage of being passed, LLP status will now be possible. The deadline […]

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