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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..

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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?

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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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Howes Percival is forging ahead with plans to treble its private client team following the arrival of two lawyers. Solicitor Justine Flack has arrived from Clarkes Solicitors and will be joined by associate partner William Chalk from BP Collins next week. The firm wants to expand the seven-strong private client team to 15 by April […]

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Kraft fallout threatens M&A landscape as Takeover Panel flexes its muscles

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Watson Burton’s troubles continue with more exits

A tough year for North East firm Watson Burton looks set to continue with news that two heads of department could be set to leave the firm and warnings that more could follow. The Lawyer understands that the firm is set to lose insolvency chief Andrew Cawkwell and wealth management head Keith Hately, the only partner in […]

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