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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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Hillsdown adviser ousted in takeover

Hillsdown Holding’s group legal adviser has been made redundant after six years following the company’s takeover by US private equity group Hicks Muse Tate & Furst. Martin Chambers, who is also company secretary at Hillsdown Holding, was informed of his redundancy on 1 September and has yet to find another post. Chambers is the sole […]

Freedom to preach upheld in court

A crackdown on street preachers in Yorkshire looks set to leave the county’s police with a bloody nose in the light of a recent High Court ruling. Yorkshire police have been arresting and prosecuting street preachers in the county, but now a High Court judge has held that they have been over-zealous. Halifax solicitor Malcolm […]

Sydney firms get chance to float on stock market

The Australian legal market is facing a radical over-haul that will allow firms to abolish traditional partnership structures and float on the stock market. The New South Wales Law Society, which regulates Sydney firms, is expected to introduce new rules this week. They will allow firms to incorporate share profits with other professionals and raise […]

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