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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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Reputation is everything

The confidentiality of Jersey as a financial centre is occasionally questioned. This is especially true today, as differences between Jersey and UK law are brought into the public arena by cases involving disclosure of information under modern fraud legislation. Jersey lawyers have become familiar with names such as Norwich Pharmacal, Banker’s Trust and Anton Piller, […]

Stories of the privileged

The introduction of the Defamation Bill has been widely followed. But one often over-looked proposal is the suggested extension of the statutory reporting privilege, particularly as it relates to the affairs of public companies. The existing privilege is enshrined in the Defamation Act 1952 which relates to a fair and accurate report of proceedings at […]

IP expert moves to DJ Freeman

LEADING intellectual property lawyer Alex Carter-Silk, an expert in the field of fashion design protection, has joined DJ Freeman’s litigation team. Carter-Silk, formerly head of commercial litigation at Edward Lewis, said his departure from the smaller City practice was entirely amicable. He said the move to DJ Freeman presented a “huge opportunity” for him to […]

Far too important to warrant more delay

Lord Ackner has rightly posed the question on the delay in reaching a decision over rights of audience for employed solicitors. Almost a year has passed since the controversial advice given to Lord Mackay by the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (Aclec). At that time the majority of the group rejected […]

Reporter faces jail for protecting sources

A case of major importance to the media is now pending in the High Court. It centres on the rights of journalists to protect sources of information. Former Newcastle-based Journal reporter Dani Garavelli, who now works for The Scotsman, faces a prison sentence for failing to reveal her sources of information after being subpoenaed to […]

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