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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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NEWLY-ELECTED chair of Women in Property for 1995, Judith Gershon, intends to help build a better future for women professionals in the property field.

Gershon, a commercial property specialist at Eversheds Birmingham, will host the association’s national conference in the city this autumn. She emphasises that the association’s 500-plus membership encompasses most property-related disciplines. She says: “Far from being a group of ardent feminists intent on using the association for political or sexist purposes, it provides a forum for […]

SCB complaints report offers 'no sacred cows'

DIRECTOR of the Solicitors Complaints Bureau Veronica Lowe this week presents a radical report on the future of complaints-handling within the profession. The SCB’s management team has set in motion ‘Quo Vadis?’ – a wide-ranging review to tackle the issue of how solicitors will deal with complaints into the next decade. “There are no sacred […]

In brief: Harper Daniel Wedd splits

Sussex firm Harper Daniel Wedd has split up. Partners Steve Wedd and Leona Daniel have formed a new firm Wedd, Daniel based in Brighton. Alistair Harper has formed Harper & Co based in Haywards Heath. Wedd says the partnership was dissolved following differences of opinion about how it should be run.

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OR Court to pick own experts

OFFICIAL Referee (OR) Court lawyers could lose the right to call their own expert witnesses if proposals by OR judges to have their own court-appointed experts are accepted by the Government. The OR judges, who hear high-value technical cases in construction, engineering and environmental law, anticipate disagreement among lawyers over their proposals but argue that […]

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