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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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In brief: Group aims to cut waste in justice system

The Trials Issues Group has been formed to cut waste in the Criminal Justice System. The inter-agency group, launched by the Lord Chancellor’s Department last week, will oversee a number of initiatives to improve the quality of service to victims, witnesses and other court users. Projects include new-style case files, increased technology and joint performance […]

Olswang recruits systems specialist

Helen Sage reports Stephen Dreyer, a professional systems support manager, has joined media and communications law firm Olswang as director of its IT services. Dreyer’s career has spanned 13 years in senior systems management at organisations such as Andersen Consulting and Compass Software. John Akerman, managing partner of Olswang, said: “As a leading firm in […]

Lovells unites departments after changes in shipping

City firm Lovell White Durrant has reversed its decision made in the 1980s to create separate shipping and commodity departments. Since this month the two departments have been operating under one roof as the commodities, trade finance and shipping department. Partner Philip Quenby said: “In the 1980s we were seduced by the lure of specialisation. […]

Asylum seekers costs row

A challenge is now pending in the High Court to moves by Parliament to withdraw financial benefits from asylum seekers. Two London authorities, Westminster City Council and Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council, have won the right to seek judicial review of the moves. They are challenging them on the basis that withdrawal of funding from […]

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