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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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Peter Maxwell Durham, 39, admitted 1993, worked for a number of law firms, at one stage established his own practice in London N15 and latterly entered arrangement with the Luper Partnership, London NW1, struck off and ordered to pay £3,680 costs. Allegations substantiated he practised without supervision by a solicitor holding a practising certificate, failed […]

Reformers on the war path

Ms Forscey-Moore is to be commended for her proposals and recommendations in “War of Judicial Independence” in The Lawyer (4 June). And although it’s true that “the public knows there is one law for them and another for the establishment”, any political party that includes wholesale legal reform in its election manifesto – which is […]

Lawyers hit out at plans to boost CCT

VOLUNTARILY outsourced legal work may have to be included in compulsory tenders if the Government goes ahead with plans to force the pace of local government privatisation. Local government lawyers have voiced concern about proposals to speed up compulsory competitive tendering (CCT) of legal work after suggestions that the “credit” system should be abolished. Under […]

Rail management on track thanks to firm

City law firm Theodore Goddard advised management in its victory over the bidding war for Freightliner, British Rail’s container freight business. The buy-out was overseen by James Ballingall, head of the firm’s railway group. Theodore Goddard has advised a number of parties bidding for parts of British Rail as it goes through the Government’s privatisation […]

Radical reform of judiciary rejected by 'hecklers' in Oxford Union debate

Some fine legal heckling took place last week as six leading lawyers debated the need for radical reform of the judiciary at the Oxford Union debate. David McIntosh, senior partner of City law firm Davies Arnold Cooper, which sponsored the event, argued that judges are living on another planet, an assessment that was apparently confirmed […]

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