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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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Fulham Legal Advice Centre is seeking volunteer solicitors and barristers for evening advice sessions held each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Anyone willing to help can contact the centre on 0171 731 2401.

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Your article ‘How infallible is the expert’s voice’ (The Lawyer 12 March) brings to the fore a matter of serious concern, namely the lack of professional guidelines for those who offer their services as an expert although they have may not the expertise and/or independence to carry out the task to the high standard required. […]

UK lawyers say 'hoi'

LONDON solicitors and barristers are being invited to go Dutch to continue a 30-year friendship. Exchanges between Dutch and English lawyers have been taking place since 1966 and will continue between 6 and 11 May when up to 100 English lawyers visit The Hague, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The five-day programme will include a reception at […]

No 5 goes to Edward Lewis

A PARTNER from City firm Penningtons, Andrew Irvine, has joined London firm Edward Lewis. Irvine is the fifth Penningtons partner to join Edward Lewis over the past three years. He joins the commercial litigation department, headed by another ex-Penningtons partner, Brendan Murphy. The recruitment of Penningtons lawyers started in February 1993 with insurance litigation partner […]

Products for a pensions nest egg

As life expectancy in the UK and the number of retired people rises, the state welfare system faces a greater burden. But government help is on the decline and the onus is increasingly upon the individual or family to provide for retirement income and medical care. And recent cases have shown the difficulty of capital […]

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