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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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US law firms in ground-breaking merger

Both firms voted on Saturday to form a 750-lawyer practice, making it the 11th largest in the US in terms of numbers. The merger takes effect immediately and the new firm is called Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe. The combined firm has offices in Chicago, Baltimore, Washington DC, New York, Tampa, Philadelphia, Dallas and Reston, […]

A VIEW FROM AMSTERDAM

There is no doubt that the hottest topic of conversation in Amsterdam at the moment among the major commercial Dutch firms is the turmoil being caused by UK law firms. Their entry into the market has caused the splits of the largest firms here, with Loeff Claeys Verbeke going in part to Allen & Overy […]

The fruits of fraud

The fraud bar is traditionally a segregated market, with barristers choosing to specialise in criminal, civil or regulatory work. However, it is soon to undergo great change, not least because of the Financial Services and Markets Act (FSMA), set to come into force next year. Under the new regime, all the regulatory bodies such as […]

DTI REVIEW

“We’re looking at streamlining and providing aggressive deterrents against time-wasting cases,” says a DTI spokesman. This review of employment tribunal procedure is on course to report next month. According to the DTI, the review is operating “under existing law”, with no powers to change legislation. In particular, the Government will be looking at providing more […]

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Financial software company Raft International is admitted to Alternative Investment Market. Raft International advised by Theodore Goddard (Graham Stedman). Nominated adviser and broker Seymour Pierce advised by Eversheds.

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