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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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Lincoln's Inn sets embark on mass recruiting spree

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In brief: Linklaters is second to open in Sao Paulo

Linklaters & Paines has become the second international firm in a month, following US firm White & Case in September, to open a representative office in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The new office will be headed by partner David Fenwick who is relocating from Linklaters’ New York office. Linklaters’ managing partner Terence Kyle said: “Our objective […]

Minter Ellison's second City partner bucks trend

MINTER ELLISON has bucked the recent trend of Australian firms pulling out of London with the posting of a second partner to the capital. Robert Hanley, an ex-Freshfields lawyer who is both Australian and UK-qualified, arrives at the London office this week from Sydney. Freehill Hollingdale & Page closed its London office a year ago, […]

Arthur Andersen in Texas held to account for practising law

ACCOUNTANCY giant Arthur Andersen is facing legal action in Texas after it was accused of practising law without a licence in the US state. In what is thought to be the first case of its kind in the US, the Texas Supreme Court has formed a committee to investigate a formal complaint brought to it […]

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