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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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Silk quits 39 Essex St for Brick Court

One of the country’s top public law silks is abandoning Bar Council chairman Dan Brennan’s set to join “magic circle” commercial chambers, Brick Court. Richard Gordon QC is the second barrister to leave 39 Essex Street in a month. He is quitting, he says, because Brick Court offers a European dimension. Judicial review and human […]

Cambridge dons should practise not preach

Cambridge dons are protesting that plans for a legal practice course at the university are not fitting for such an academic breeding ground. The law – to these professors – may well be an intellectual pursuit no different from any of the other purely non-vocational subjects taught at Cambridge. But unlike subjects such as history […]

Freshfields looks to the East after Dutch move

Freshfields plans to open offices in Poland after poaching four Dutch lawyers for its new Amsterdam office. Freshfields’ chief executive, Alan Peck, says that the Dutch office completes the west European picture for the firm. “We are now turning our sights to eastern Europe and India,” he says. “The boys have been sniffing around Poland […]

LAB awards direct contract to 2 Garden Court

2 Garden Court has become the first chambers to win a direct contract from the Legal Aid Board. The public can now bypass law firms to get legally-aided advice direct from the set. Colin Cook, senior clerk at the common law set, describes the contract as “a very exciting development”. Jan Luba, a barrister at […]

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