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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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Jan Levinson on sportsmen's personal injury compensation

Jan Levinson is a partner in the commercial disputes resolution unit at the Manchester office of Hammond Suddards. Seven-figure sums compensating personal injury claimants are rare – especially when the individual retains the ability to continue his chosen trade. However, Gordon Watson – a professional footballer at Bradford City, now in the Premier League – […]

In brief: Davies Arnold Cooper

Davies Arnold Cooper partner Catherine May is joining niche 14-partner insurance practice Davies Lavery, which has offices in London, Birmingham and Kent. May is joined in the Birmingham office by former Berryman & Co insurance partner Claire McKinney following a split between Berryman & Co and Davies Lavery which have co-operated in running the Birmingham […]

Allen & Overy boosts its European offices

Allen & Overy is relocating three of its London banking partners to boost its Paris and Frankfurt offices. Peter Hockless, banking partner at A&O, set up the firm’s Paris office in 1989 and is returning to join the banking department’s two partners. Heather McCallum and George Link, both banking partners, are moving to A&O’s Frankfurt […]

Husband and wife appeal

The Law Lords are considering whether to give leave for an appeal by husband and wife Lee and Kathleen Montgomery, who were made the subject of a restraint order imposed at the request of the US. The case raises the question of whether the UK courts have the jurisdiction to make such an order. The […]

The ones to watch

Anne McGrath tracks the careers of five rising stars at the Bar and finds out why their instructing solicitors rate them. Claire Blanchard Essex Court Chambers Called to the Bar : 1992 Professional achievements/associations: Member of COMBAR. Areas of practice: Commercial practice, including shipping, insurance, banking, and employment law. What others say about her: Blanchard […]

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