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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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UK support ‘leaking on EU boardroom quotas’, says Eversheds

It has been reported that Germany will introduce legislation requiring German companies to allot 30 per cent of their non-executive board seats to women from 2016 — companies unable to meet this requirement would be required to leave these seats vacant. Eversheds has commented on this blow to the UK government, which has counted on […]

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Because I have a prolapsed disc in my neck – I blame years of sitting in front of a PC – I find that I cannot use my right arm effectively. I certainly couldn’t cut up a steak. The horror. So to avoid having to eat like an infant, ie. having my food cut up […]

Avoiding pitfalls of open-source licence risks

By Caroline Atkins This article discusses how Australian government agencies can gain the commercial solutions they need in ICT procurement while avoiding the pitfalls of open-source licence risks. With government agencies trying to implement savings in innovative ICT procurement, the increased utilisation of open source, or indeed replacing proprietary software with open source, is a significant […]

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Law Society accused of rigging confidence vote

Campaigners for a change of Law Society leadership have lambasted the solicitors’ representation body for “trying to bury bad news” in its handling of a no confidence vote. The society announced via Twitter yesterday that the petition would be heard at a special general meeting on 17 December at its London headquarters in Chancery Lane.  […]

Reading between the lines: local authorities and libraries

Local authorities have a statutory duty to ‘provide a comprehensive and efficient library service for all persons desiring to make use thereof’, generally free of charge.  Budget cuts have made this duty increasingly difficult to fulfil, and so local authorities are increasingly using innovative methods of delivering library services, including transferring libraries to community ownership. […]

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