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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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Orrick appoints new Tokyo chief

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has appointed real estate partner Dennis Martin as head of its Tokyo office He succeeds Michael Bacon who relocated to the firm’s London office last September to become head of international offices.Martin joined Orrick’s Tokyo office in 1999, having been located in Japan since 1997. His practice is focused on property […]

Travers assistants lose up to £3K in wage rejig

Travers Smith Braithwaite has changed its assistant salary bands, reducing them by up to £3,000 in some instances No associates will suffer pay cuts, but when they move up a band they will receive less than previously earned by assistants with the same length of service.Travers partners claim the firm was overpaying in the first […]

Watson Farley turnover passes £50m mark

Asset finance specialist Watson Farley & Williams managed a 6 per cent increase in turnover for 2001/02 Watson Farley’s turnover exceeded £50m for the first time, increasing by £3m to £52m. Fees per fee-earner rose by just over 10 per cent to £285,000, and profits per equity partner increased by 8.5 per cent to £348,000 […]

Arbuthnot leaves Govt for a return to the Bar

James Arbuthnot, once tipped as potential Prime Minister by John Major, has returned to practise at 10 Old Square Arbuthnot, a pensions expert, makes his comeback to the bar after more than a decade in Parliament, where he served as Chief Whip and also masterminded William Hague’s general election campaign in 1997. As a former […]

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