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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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LG, Norton Rose, W&C advise on investment group Seref’s £230m IPO

Lawrence Graham (LG), Norton Rose and White & Case all advised on Starwood European Real Estate Finance’s (Seref) £228.5m IPO on the London Stock Exchange. Seref, a Guernsey-domiciled closed-end company, was established by US private equity group Starwood Capital to invest in European property debt. Shares in the company began trading on 17 December and, […]

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Law Society president proposes targets to get women into management

Firms need to have targets to improve the number of women in management roles, the president of the Law Society Lucy Scott-Moncrieff has said Speaking at the Law Society and the Interlaw Diversity Forum last night, Scott-Moncrieff unveiled a series of recommendations aimed at improving gender diversity across the profession. These include introducing gender targets […]

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Paul Hastings picks up former Dewey partner for Italian energy push

US firm Paul Hastings is set to hire former Dewey & LeBoeuf Italian energy star Lorenzo Parola in a boost for the firm’s corporate energy practice. Parola, who is currently a partner at Grimaldi Studio Legale, the firm set up by the bulk of Dewey’s Italian offices, will join Paul Hastings in Milan in the […]

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Liverpool’s EAD vows to grow clin neg capability after ABS conversion

The latest firm to be granted an ABS licence said it now plans to develop its clinical negligence and personal injury practice. Liverpool firm EAD, which gained SRA approval for the conversion in late December, already has a large focus on clinical negligence work. The firm said that changing to an ABS has enabled financial […]

Court of Appeal refuses to delay Liverpool FC trial

The boardroom battle over Liverpool Football Club has attracted criticism from the Court of Appeal after the club’s former owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett, attempted to delay the start of the High Court trial (see judgment). The court battle, which is listed in The Lawyer Top Cases 2013, stems from a 2010 dispute about […]

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