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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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Private firms may run courts

Private corporations tendering for the contract to run the UK’s court computer systems could end up running most of the systems. The process is already under way for a planned handover around May next year but despite a statutory requirement the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) has not consulted the judiciary in full on its plans. […]

Barristers urge Bar to ease rules on training

Cyril Dixon reports BARRISTERS working in local government are calling for the introduction of solicitor-pupil masters in order to combat the shortage of openings for pupils in the public sector. The Bar Association for Local Government and the Public Service claims pupils are being turned away because there are so few barristers practising in local […]

Mayers' London partner defects to Bakers

US FIRM Mayer, Brown & Platt partner Peter Gaines has quit his post in the firm’s London office to join the UK banking team of rival Chicago practice Baker & McKenzie. Gaines, who worked for Mayer Brown for 20 years – including a five-year stint in London – last week started leading Baker & MacKenzie’s […]

Freshfields appoints Markland as first Asia managing partner

LONDON-BASED Freshfields partner Ruth Markland is returning to Asia after six years in the UK to become the firm’s first-ever managing partner for the region. Markland moves out at the end of the month to assume control of Freshfields’ Asian network, which covers Tokyo, Hong Kong/China, Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore. From […]

In brief: Survey raps PI influence on Woolf report

Large corporations believe personal injury lawyers may have had too much influence on the Woolf report, a client survey is expected to show this week. The survey by Simmons & Simmons questioned 35 clients and contacts from the banking, insurance and corporate world. They are worried that Lord Woolf relied too heavily on PI submissions […]

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