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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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Singapore firm WongPartnership has extended its South-East Asia footprint by sealing a strategic alliance with Indonesian firm Makes & Partners. The move comes just weeks after the firm entered Myanmar with a June office launch (23 June 2014). WongPartnership is now present in four of the countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian […]

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Pillsbury taps Paul Hastings for Beijing office launch

San Francisco firm Pillsbury has launched a Beijing base after taking a two-partner team from US rival Paul Hastings. Corporate and securities lawyers David Livdahl and Jenny Jia Sheng, who are also admitted to practise in California and New York respectively, are expected to bring three associates across with them. In addition to his work […]

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Harper Macleod joins forces with Bird Semple to create £23m firm

Scotland’s Harper Macleod is to take over Glasgow-based private client boutique Bird Semple, creating a £23m firm in the process. The deal, which was signed earlier this month and will go live on 1 September, is set to add £2.1m to Harper Macleod’s 2013/14 turnover figure of £21m and bring its partner headcount to 56. […]

No5 team set to take part in Bristol Legal Walk

No5 Chambers has entered a team in the Bristol Legal Walk, which is taking place on 22 September 2014. The Bristol Legal Walk began in 2011. This year, Nick Fluck, president of the Law Society, Ashley Palminteri, president of the Bristol Law Society, Lord Lieutenant, the High Sheriff, and the Lord Mayor will lead the […]

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