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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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Tolley's buy-out

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Reorganised local authorities will be able to apply for supplementary credit approvals to provide additional funds to cover the costs of implementing reorganisation, the Government has announced. The first authorities invited to apply for the funding will be the Isle of Wight and councils in Cleveland, Avon, North Yorkshire and Humberside.

Courts face staff decimation

GOVERNMENT plans for the Courts Service Next Steps Agency due for launch in April will result in a ten per cent reduction in numbers of court staff over three years. It will also mean more court fee hikes and a cost-saving drive to close the widening shortfall in civil court income. A copy of the […]

In brief: Patent solicitors become 'Intellectual'

The Patent Solicitors’ Association, set up in 1982, has changed its name to the Intellectual Property Lawyers Association. The change has been made to reflect the widening of the association’s scope and focus from purely patent litigation to all aspects of industrially-based intellectual property law. Further information from secretary Nicholas Macfarlane, at Lovell White Durrant, […]

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