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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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City players get chance to form own chambers

CITY solicitors are being offered the chance to work alongside other specialist sole practitioners in a customised solicitor’s chambers venture launched last week. The City Solicitors’ Chambers, in Mansell Street, is based on a similar venture also established by solicitor Anton Alexander five years ago in north west London. But the new operation, based on […]

In brief: SBA accounts reveal funds deficit

An increase in grants and a reduction in investment income have been blamed for the £46,006 net deficit recorded by the Solicitor’s Benevolent Association in its 1994 accounts. SBA president Eila Rochfort says deficits have been recorded in the past but, as the Association has put no ceiling on awards made to beneficiaries, “this must […]

UK solicitor loses Irish libel action

AN IRISH solicitor has won libel damages of u10,000 against a member of the profession in Britain. Justin Sadleir, of Gort, County Galway, took the action in Galway Circuit Court over a letter written by Joseph Bateman, of Bovingdon, Hertfordshire. The court heard that Sadleir had represented a company called Manorcraft in an action in […]

Freshfields reshuffle puts Salz in top post

ANTHONY Salz, the high profile head of Freshfields’ corporate department, is to become the City firm’s new senior partner. Salz takes over from John Grieves, who is due to retire. Grieves has been a partner at the firm since 1964 and held the top job for the last five years. The firm says that the […]

Howard faces struggle over CICS

MICHAEL Howard will have difficulty pushing through legislation to reinstate the tariff-based criminal injuries compensation scheme declared unlawful by the Lords, the Law Society predicts. The ruling against the Home Secretary’s controversial scheme has been applauded by the Law Society and hailed as a major victory for the victims of crime by the lawyers who […]

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