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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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Litigation Recent Decisions 19/12/95

Extradition proof that foreign offence is not time-barred R v Bow Street Magistrates Court, ex parte Paloka: sub nom re Paloka (1995). DC (Simon Brown LJ and Scott Baker J) 6/11/9Summary: In extradition proceedings the onus was on the detainee to show the proceedings were out of time not the other way around. Application by […]

For financial gain

This year has seen the end of the independence of three of the great names in UK merchant banking (Kleinwort Benson, SG Warburg and Baring Brothers); rapidly followed by the City’s leading broker Smith New Court. The new owners from the US, Holland, Switzerland and Germany were already established City players, albeit primarily in different […]

IBA art seminar

Allen & Overy partner Richard Turnor and Farrer & Co’s Judith Hill are among the speakers at an International Bar Association seminar on the legal issues involved in operating international museums and galleries on 15 to 16 February. For further information telephone 0171 629 1206.

Property

Herbert Smith exchanged contracts on behalf of Hammerson for the freehold acquisition of the 190,000 sq ft Globe House, London WC2, from CIN Properties for £18.25 million cash consideration. Nabarro Nathanson acted for CIN.

Defamation reform urged

RADICAL reform of the UK’s “outdated” libel laws is needed, despite the Lord Chancellor’s existing proposals for change, says the Newspaper Society. The society, which represents the regional press, says the Government still needs to address fundamental issues including burden of proof, the role of the jury, and the award and calculation of damages, which […]

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