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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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Number of writs issued in 1997 falls

The number of writs and summonses issued in the High Court Queen’s Bench Division fell by 15 per cent in 1997, according to the Judicial Statistics Annual Report released by the Lord Chancellor’s Department last week. The average waiting time from issue of writ to start of trial fell by one week to 178 week.

Good management equals survival

The Law Society’s new law management section aims to offer firms access to the know-how to help them boost their performance, says Gerald Newman. Gerald Newman is the Law Society’s deputy director of communications. Law practice management can be a lonely business. Most solicitors benefit from a constant exchange of information, both with colleagues and […]

Ex-councillor tackles council

Moves by a former councillor – who was removed from office following allegations relating to unfair property dealings but was later cleared of the allegations – to sue the council over the impact the matter had on his reputation are being considered by the Law Lords. They have adjourned an application by Terence Gregory for […]

Flotation

Alan Farkas of Pinsent Curtis advised oil industry services company Abbot Group on the £15.5m acquisition of BW Group, advised by Aberdeen firm Paull & Williamsons.

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