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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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Miners lose as they win

IRWIN Mitchell’s record victory on behalf of Welsh ex-miners suffering work-related illnesses may be partially frustrated by DSS laws. The Government is awarding u500m to 40,000 ex-miners suffering from vibration white finger and is expected to award about u1.5bn to ex-miners suffering chest diseases. However, Manchester accountant Frenkel Topping says many of the miners who […]

Dibbs' London insurance head quits for Elbornes

The head of Dibb Lupton Alsop’s London insurance office has left the firm. Alan Fisher, who has been with Dibbs for three years and was formerly with Davies Arnold Cooper, will join City firm Elborne Mitchell as a partner. Andrew Pincott, senior partner at Elborne Mitchell, says the firm is welcoming Fisher for his specialist […]

Willoughbys wins race claim

Willoughby & Partners has defeated a claim of race discrimination against the firm by former fee-earning employee Jason Davis (The Lawyer last week). Davis, who is black, took the action, heard at Stratford Industrial Tribunal, because he believed he had been forced out of the firm. He says: “The decision is very bad for ethnic […]

Scuffle of the week

Retired barrister John Triay failed to impress his wife, Maria, with a hat-trick after taking herbal, Viagra-style pills. Triay’s wife claims he became a “sex superman” and performed an impromptu flamenco dance wearing nothing but a hat – not on his head – in front of her and her neighbour on the patio of their […]

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