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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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Northern firm to shut down Bradford base

LEADING Northern commercial firm Walker Morris is closing its Bradford office to work from a single base in Leeds. The firm, which originally opened for business in Bradford, will shut its doors in the city at the end of this week. Managing partner Peter Smart says the 26-partner firm wants to increase its regional, national […]

Bermans' City office buys out of firm

LIVERPOOL firm Bermans has acknowledged the failure of its London venture with the sale of its City office to the team it hired to set it up four years ago. Bermans senior partner Alan Middleton says the firm may not have recouped all its investment with the sale to the London management team headed by […]

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One of the world’s oldest lawyers has died aged 97, only two months after celebrating his 75th year in practice. Bernard Nath, a senior partner at Chicago firm Sonnenschein, was still clocking up a significant number of weekly billable hours right up until his death on 18 September. He joined the firm in 1921, 15 […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 07/02/95

CHRISTOPHER JOHN HOBSON, solicitors clerk for Austerfields, Bridlington, North Humberside, banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent from Law Society and ordered to pay u570 costs. Allegations substantiated he misappropriated and/or misapplied funds held or received by firm for and on behalf of clients. Tribunal told investigations completed by 8 September last […]

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