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Latest Briefings

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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Suspension for local authority legal head

THE HEAD of a Cumbrian council’s legal department has been suspended. Allerdale Borough Council legal services manager David Collinson was temporarily relieved of his post in early November. Later that month an internal inquiry cleared him of allegations of harassing a junior member of staff. But the suspension remained in force to allow the council […]

Linklaters gets Woolwich deal

Linklaters & Paines is advising the Woolwich Building Society on its plans for conversion to plc status and London Stock Exchange listing. Woolwich is the UK’s third-biggest building society with assets of about £28 billion, 12 operating subsidiaries, over three million investors and more than 550,000 borrowers. Heading Linklaters’ team are partners Jeremy Skinner and […]

Not ready for finance advice

It seems a significant number of firms are taking to providing financial services advice and setting up departments manned by investment advisers. I read regularly of new firms moving into this area. While no-one can blame firms for looking at new business opportunities (indeed, they must be commended for their initiative), it is nonetheless a […]

Financings

Frere Cholmeley Bischoff is advising British & American Film Holdings on proposals for conversion to investment trust status and a reorganisation of its share capital. Mishcon de Reya is advising on reorganisation of British & American’s film interests.

Flotations

Lawrence Graham advised Australian company Cash Converters International in its listing on the London Stock Exchange, believed to be the first Australian company to do so. The placing capitalised the business at £23.9 million. Perth lawyers Corrs Chambers Westgarth also advised. Herbert Smith acted for sponsors Henderson Crosthwaite Corporate Finance.

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