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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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SLAUGHTER and May is closing the doors on its Tokyo office and sending local partner Mark Keeler to Singapore to start a new practice. The move is the second international closure for the partnership this year, following the April shutdown of its presence in Frankfurt. The future of Tokyo office head Peter Grindrod has not […]

Hard-up justice

The Lawyer’s investigation into the state of the magistrates courts makes worrying reading. For the first time, justices’ chief executives (JCEs) have voiced their concerns. Most said they were under financial pressure, more than a quarter have made redundancies while two thirds said they had no confidence in the Government’s intentions to adequately fund the […]

In the docks/aid advice. Undercover protection force

The publicity for World Aids Day has put one giant condom on the Paris obelisk and floated another across the Thames. But few are aware that the Terrence Higgins Trust runs a legal advice service for HIV and AIDS-related problems. Although the Helpline is well-known, the trust’s legal services group recently decided its legal advice […]

In brief: Successor for northern Family Division

Sir Stephen Brown, president of the Family Division, has announced that Mr Justice Wall is to succeed Mr Justice Douglas Brown as Family Division liaison judge for the northern circuit on 1 January next year. Mr Justice Holman will become Family Division liaison judge for the western circuit next month, following the promotion of Mr […]

Baltic boost for Hills

Hill Taylor Dickinson assistant Roderick Palmer has been seconded to the Kalpeida branch of the Agricultural Bank of Lithuania for a three-month placement. Palmer, who works in the firm’s commercial department, will assist the bank’s legal department with banking, ship finance and other transactional work. Partner Malcolm Entwistle said Palmer’s secondment provides “a tremendous opportunity […]

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