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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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Testing times for the Revenue

A test case to be heard in April in the Chancery Division will turn on whether the Inland Revenue has taken the correct view on Inheritance Tax (IHT) legislation cases where appointments are made within three months of the testator’s death. Beneficiaries under wills can group together and rearrange the dispositions made in the will. […]

Mixed feelings over firm’s Belfast move

CITY insurance specialist Kennedys is moving into Northern Ireland, setting up a strong insurance presence in response to client needs. But the historic move has met with some reservations from established Belfast insurance practices, which say they are already advising non-local clients. The office, opening this week, will be run by four partners and one […]

Time to call the headline hunters

Mention ‘chancery’ and most people think of Dickens’ Bleak House, where the case of Jarndyce v Jarndyce “dragged its dreary length before the court, perennially hopeless”. Ask a chancery lawyer what it is and they will say chancery practice is essentially about companies, trusts and tax. One leading practitioner considers it “the most academic of […]

Property

Manches & Co acted for JPI Investments in its exchange of contracts for a major lease reorganisation at Apex Tower, New Malden. BAeSEMA, a subsidiary of British Aerospace and SEMA Group, agreed to take an overriding lease on the 15-floor block.

Perils of complacency

The move by Kennedys to set up an office in Belfast is a brave one, despite its unfortunate timing. The Northern Irish legal marketplace is small and difficult to penetrate. However, with increasing numbers of English companies going to the province, there is more business for one and all, although NI lawyers would be the […]

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