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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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US firms outshine UK rivals

Despite the troubled state of the US dollar, our friends across the pond still managed to outshine their UK competitors when the finalised financial results for the top 100 US firms were published last month. Overall, the combined gross revenue for the top 100 US firms reached $50.7bn (£28.97bn) in 2005, up 10 per cent […]

Band misleader

A recent diary piece appears to have ruffled a few rock ‘n’ roll feathers. Readers may recall a little piece that asked: “Which North East senior partner recently admitted that he used to manage The Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers and The Cure, but jacked it in after his dad told him to ‘get a real […]

A new chapter for The Lawyer

You will have noticed something different about your copy of The Lawyer today. As we announced last week, we’re launching a redesign. We wanted a cleaner, brighter look with a more coherent flow of pages. We also wanted to publish on recycled paper. So for the past few months we’ve been working with John Belknap, […]

Cripps boosts PEP 50 per cent after wealth management sale

South East firm Cripps Harries Hall has seen big fee income and profit increases following a year in which it restructured and brought in new management. Fee income rose 17 per cent to £16.35m compared with £14m last year. This includes the adjustment made from the sale of its wealth management arm Cripps Portfolio, which […]

People

Allen & Overy has promoted three lawyers in Asia. James Grandolfo becomes a consultant in Hong Kong, while Simon Irvine and Ban Leong Oo become consultants in Singapore.Higgs Sons has hired Kelly Davies as an assistant in the family team from Spicketts. Clifford Chance has appointed civil law notary Tom van Duuren as a partner […]

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