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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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Fees shambles mars Hong Kong party

Hong Kong lawyers are in confusion over the future of scale fees after a pre-handover legislative council meeting described as “a shambles”. Lawyers downed tools for three days of celebrations to mark the handover of the colony to China, but there is widespread unease about the legal profession’s future. The scale fees system generates a […]

Two more partners for Couderts' London office

US firm Coudert Brothers has appointed two more English-qualified solicitors to partnership at its London office. Christine de Ferrars Green and Dean Poster bring the total to nine English-qualified partners out of 10 in the London office in what is described as a “multinational partnership”. De Ferrars Green is an eight-years qualified property lawyer who […]

At the legal aid coalface

AS PART of our house training programme, our managing partner, Ann Alexander, arranged for our trainee solicitors and legal executives to attend an open day at the Legal Aid Board’s area office in Manchester on 12 March. Members of staff at the board gave short talks on all aspects of their operations, from the legal […]

In brief: West end practice Keene Marsland folds

Two-partner West End firm Keene Marsland closed last week with the move of one of its partners to London media and entertainment specialists Harbottle & Lewis. Bob Mitchell, who this week joins Harbottle & Lewis as a senior associate in the sports law department, said the split with his partner John Deane was amicable, after […]

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