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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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A Legal Aid Board (LAB) consultation paper has confirmed fears, revealed in The Lawyer in December, that the Government’s proposals to cap the legal aid budget will mean those who cannot afford to fund their own cases will be denied access to justice. The Funding Code says that legal aid should only be forthcoming if […]

Peers plan attack on reforms

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The days when lawyers could quietly concentrate on client matters are long gone. The profession is now, more than ever before, facing intense scrutiny by an increasingly cynical public and an ever-critical press. This is as true for City firms as it is for rest of the profession. With a number of firms reported to […]

Pro bono group lands cash boost

The Solicitors Pro Bono Group has landed a £90,000 grant from the Law Society’s Charitable Fund. The grant – one of around £200,000-worth of cash awards handed out to good causes every year – will be spread across two years. A Law Society spokes-man says: “The group is doing very good work which needs to […]

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