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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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Go-Ahead Group buys Midland Airport Service (MAS) (Holding) for £72m. Go-Ahead advised by Dickinson Dees (Simon Watts). Financial advisers Close Brothers and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. MAS represented by Ashurst Morris Crisp (Roger Finbow). Financial adviser KPMG Corporate Finance.

Real Estate and projects

Lancaster Landmark Hotel Company buys the Kensington Hotel for an undisclosed sum. The Kensington Hotel advised by Reed Smith Warner Cranston (Mary Anderson). Lancaster Landmark Hotel Company advised by Norton Rose (David Ashworth). Royal Bank of Scotland, the mortgagees, advised by Clifford Chance in London, Clifford Chance Wirot in Bangkok and Olsens in Jersey.

Freshfields moves aside as BNFL creates panel

Freshfields Bruckhaus Der-inger has lost its position as sole legal adviser to British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) following the company’s decision to appoint its first ever panel. Freshfields has been BNFL’s main law firm since 1971, but Hammond Suddards Edge, Eversheds and DLA are now advising the company on a number of areas housed under corporate […]

EUROSeA/PARK PLAZA

Eurosea and Park Plaza are proving dream clients for Tarlo Lyons, providing a steady stream of work across the board as they develop and invest in the UK hotel industry. The firm acts on a substantial part of Eurosea/Park Plaza work. Last year it worked with them on their rapid growth in the UK, with […]

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