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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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B&M poaches German partner for Dusseldorf

Global law firm Baker & McKenzie has poached a German M&A partner from a rival firm and launched a recruitment drive in London to boost the German practice. Bernd Mayer is joining the firm’s Dusseldorf office from niche M&A local practice Velten Franz Mayer & Jakoby, which he jointly founded in 1997. He will bring […]

Davies Wallis Foyster appoints Knight & Sons litigation head

Newcastle firm Knight & Sons is smarting after losing its head of litigation to Davies Wallis Foyster. Alan Shackleton joined Davies Wallis’ Manchester office last week to head its five-partner commercial litigation practice, after just two years at Knight & Sons. Jim Davies, managing partner at Davies Wallis, says Shackleton is bringing a lot of […]

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Wilde & Partners, the niche 8-partner trade finance and banking firm, is taking on the head of commercial property from Edward Lewis. Jeremy Dening joins the London firm as a partner at the same time as two other senior assistants take partnership – Martin Smith in property and Philip Jones in non-contentious receivables finance. Allen […]

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