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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?

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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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Three law firms win Queen's Award for enterprise

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Barlows defends E&Y against Equitable Life

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert to square up against Herbert Smith on £2.6bn claim Barlow Lyde & Gilbert professional liability and commercial litigation partner Clare Canning has been instructed by Ernst & Young to mastermind the accountancy firm’s defence of a claim against it by Equitable Life.The mutual is suing its former auditors for £2.6bn, claiming […]

Morgan Cole clients switch sides for Morgan LaRoche

Newly-founded Swansea practice Morgan LaRoche has hired two more Morgan Cole lawyers as partners and has been approached by Morgan Cole clients, including Associated British Ports, Shimano and Liberty Properties Partners at Morgan LaRoche have already signed up more than 170 clients since leaving Morgan Cole last summer. They were put on six-month gardening leave […]

De Brauw takes on Unilever in-houser

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek has hired Jaap Winter, legal adviser to Unilever’s managing board, as a partner Winter will join the Dutch firm at the beginning of next year. He is a specialist in company and securities law and will concentrate on company law advice and litigation.

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