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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: The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal is striking off ever-greater numbers of practitioners. According to its annual report for 1998/99, 81 solicitors were struck off the Roll over that 12-month period – an increase of 39 per cent (only 58 were removed in the previous year). It is also the largest amount of solicitors struck off since […]

Digest

A former Baker & McKenzie partner who left the law to become an artist is graduating this month from Wimbledon School of Art. Richard Davidson was a member of Baker & McKenzie’s international executive committee for four years before he left in 1995 to explore city life in paint. Some of his paintings, including the […]

Long road to justice

Tom O’Sullivan speaks to Albie Sachs, a former ANC activust who is now a judge fighting for a new South Africa At the age of 28 the young lawyer and ANC activist was imprisoned. At 31 he left South Africa. At 52 he was blown up and almost killed by the South African secret service, […]

Scuffle of the week

Saatchi and Saatchi faces a $10m (u6m) lawsuit for making a bad television advertisement, which left its client very unhappy. The advert for Just For Feet, a sports shoe chain, was condemned after it showed a black man running barefoot while being pursued by white men who caught him, drugged him and placed a pair […]

OSS faces rejig after E&Y audit

The Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) may have to rejig its procedures after an independent audit by accountants Ernst & Young. E&Y suggests there should be “a significant input of resources”, including recruiting 23 permanent and 82 temporary caseworkers. It estimates that the changes will cost the OSS nearly u6m. Kamlesh Bahl, deputy […]

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