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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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Space technology company Astrium is one of Europe’s premier players in the sector. Kathryn Hobbs talks to general counsel Stefan Seyfarth about how he keeps its feet on the ground

Shearman gives Englishman top London job

The head of Shearman & Sterling’s English law practice Kenneth MacRitchie has been appointed as the firm’s new managing partner in London He has vowed to build up the office’s corporate capability. MacRitchie succeeds Pamela Gibson to take charge of the third-largest office of any US firm in London.MacRitchie commented: “I think it makes a […]

Variety is the spice of life

Exactly how raucous can a bunch of lawyers get? Top marks to Allen & Overy, whose table enlivened an already rumbustious evening at the Variety Club’s inaugural legal gastronomic event at The Dorchester last week. And top marks to Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn’s Lionel Rosenblatt, who managed to persuade a whole slew of top chefs, […]

De Wilde to ease LSC worries for chambers

A working party has been set up to investigate ways of helping small and medium-sized chambers to comply with Bar Council and Government requirements A major part of the inquiry, which is chaired by Robin de Wilde QC, is to address the Legal Services Commission’s plans to introduce a so-called ‘quality mark’ covering the management […]

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