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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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The safety net: best-practice guide — Australia

The safety net consists of the 10 National Employment Standards (NESs) and modern awards and sets the minimum terms and conditions of employment for all employees in the federal system. Set out in this briefing is a snapshot of particular elements of each NES entitlement. An employer must comply with the NES in relation to […]

Solicitor negligence: Court of Appeal case alerts

The Court of Appeal has recently decided cases on two issues that are fundamental to the practice of a solicitor: limitation and the enforceability of settlement terms. The facts and outcomes of these cases will be of interest for all those giving or relying upon legal advice. In Susan Berney v Thomas Saul (t/a Saul […]

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Ex-client hits Challinors senior partner with bankruptcy petition

A former client of financially struggling Midlands firm Challinors has slapped the practice’s senior partner with a bankruptcy petition.  Solihull-based businessman Dharmendar Khag told The Lawyer he took the move after serving 16 of the firm’s past and present partners with statutory demands several weeks ago for the repayment in full of a £400,000 loan, […]

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Hengeler adds third partner to London office to strengthen private equity

German firm Hengeler Mueller is relocating private equity partner Steffen Oppenländer to its London office to boost its offering in the City. The Slaughter and May best friend is the latest in a steady string of European firms to add capability to London in a sign of the City’s continuing importance as a hub for […]

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