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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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Watkins sent to Reed Smith Coventry

Reed Smith Warner Cranston has bolstered its property practice with the hire of former Eversheds partner Nigel Watkins to its Coventry office. Watkins left Eversheds’ Birmingham office last month after 33 years, where he was key in creating the national firm. His departure is unrelated to the process currently underway of slicing an estimated 10 […]

It’s good to talk

For Alan Whitfield, law is not everything. KLegal’s multidiscipinary approach is what appealed to a man who likes to have more than one thing on his mind. Alan Whitfield, the departing head of legal at British Telecommunications (BT), loves telephones. He looks slightly aghast when I admit that my mobile spends most of its life […]

Mitigate to litigate

In the 13th century the natives were restless. Peasants and assorted varlets were increasingly taking their landlords to court over land disputes. The landlords said there was a litigation crisis. (Does this sound familiar?) The solution was to introduce a rule that the loser should pay the costs of the winner in litigation. But what […]

4 Breams Buildings silk moves to Blackstone

Local government and planning set 4 Breams Buildings has lost highly-rated public and planning silk John Howell QC to leading public law and commercial set Blackstone Chambers. Howell’s decision to join Blackstone despite having a strong public and planning practice will come as a surprise for most. Senior clerk at 4 Breams Buildings Stephen Graham […]

Working my way back to you:Case Studies

Simon Allport, a partner in the corporate department at Gouldens, spent two years on secondment as an assistant secretary at the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers between 1994 and 1996. “The opportunity for my secondment came up when I was roughly three years qualified and, at that time, it involved the usual diet of general […]

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