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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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In brief: Irvine sets Community Legal Service date

Lord Irvine has announced that proposals for a Community Legal Service will be finalised by the beginning of next year. The service is intended to co-ordinate provision given by grass-roots advice services such as Law Centres and the Citizens Advice Bureaux. The final detailed proposals will be the subject of a public consultation.

Weaving trade from the Web

Linda Tsang reports on how the legal profession is utilising Internet technology to maximise its client base. Setting up a Web site is more than just naming it lawyers.r.us@some.city.uk and then waiting for millions of visits or hits. The first question to consider is why your firm or chambers should invest resources in going onto […]

Judgment for the juniors

Despite a dearth of good juniors there are a number who stand up to scrutiny, says Linda Tsang Juniors for chancery work are inevitably centred in the traditional chancery sets as well as the straight commercial sets which are known for doing what may be called the crossover work. But as one solicitor said: “To […]

ADR at the Chancery Bar

Paul Lowenstein believes that mediation can offer both a time and cost-cutting alternative to litigation. Paul Lowenstein is a barrister at Littleton Chambers and a CEDR accredited mediator. In a profession which is cautious at the best of times, the Chancery Bar has perhaps been the most innately reluctant to embrace new ideas. It is […]

Fountain court bags top QC in recruitment drive

THE PREMIER commercial set Fountain Court has departed from its policy of nurturing its own talent to hire five tenants from three rival sets including leading aviation silk Michael Crane of 5 Bell Yard. Crane’s decision to move to Fountain Court to bolster its aviation practice along with junior Akhil Shah stunned his old chambers, […]

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