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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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Simmons changes partnership deeds

Simmons & Simmons has changed its partnership agreement to include gardening leave for the first time after losing nine partners this year. Four of the high-level departures took place in the last three months. A source close to the City firm says: “Simmons has just put in place a new partnership agreement which requires six-months’ […]

Battle Fowler raids conservation body

Valerie Campbell has joined as special counsel in the Midtown-based firm’s land use, environmental and governmental affairs group. Campbell will focus on land use, environmental and historical preservation aspects of large commercial real estate transactions. She practised at Brown & Wood before becoming deputy counsel at New York City’s parks and recreation department.

Flotation

Olswang acted for Greg Middleton & Co, the sponsor and broker on the flotation of LA Fitness on the London Stock Exchange. The Olswang team was led by corporate partner Simon Morgan, assisted by tax partner Mark Joscelyne and property partner Doreen Harris. Berwin Leighton acted for LA Fitness and certain selling shareholders with corporate […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 13/12/99

Cases from LAWTEL’S PI Quantum Database. Contact Deborah Talbot on 0171 970 4823 Lords to hear custody fight A mother has been given leave to take her custody fight to the House of Lords. The woman gave birth to her daughter in 1992 in the Republic of Ireland and separated from the father in 1995. […]

Irwin Mitchell hives off housing group

National firm Irwin Mitchell has off-loaded its housing management team in Birmingham to local firm Lee Crowder. Partners Andy Ballard and Simon Denslow will transfer along with one solicitor, five paralegals and six support staff. Irwin Mitchell describes the moves as part of its long-term plan to concentrate on corporate work. Joe Simpson, managing partner […]

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