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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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Barristers are pushing for a clause in the Bar’s code of conduct outlawing age discrimination. The move comes after statistics compiled by students at Middle and Inner Temple showed that applications from candidates over 30 were nearly twice as likely to fail compared to ones made by those under 30. The Bar’s recently established equal […]

In brief: LCD focuses on judgment enforcement

The Lord Chancellor’s Department has published a consultation paper on the enforcement of civil court judgments. The paper aims to open up the debate on how enforcement might be made more effective.

Jacksons Nets North East legal hotline

Elizabeth Davidson reports TEESIDE firm Jacksons – whose attempted merger with Liverpool’s Weightmans and London firm Kennedys fell through last month – is co-ordinating an Internet legal hotline for 12 North East firms. Jacksons is currently in the process of an IT overhaul which has cost the firm more than £600,000 – and which also […]

Labour lawyers attack Govt for lack of human rights funding

Government plans to incorporate the European Convention on Human Rights have been attacked by the Society of Labour Lawyers. The society, which is affiliated to the Labour Party, said more money had to be made available to enable the public to enforce the rights guaranteed by the Human Rights Bill. Specifically, it claimed a Human […]

Putting the stress on support

Barry Pritchard reveals the extent of alcohol and stress-related problems of solicitors uncovered by Solcare in the past year. Barry Pritchard is co-ordinator of Solcare. Stress, depression and addictive behavioural illnesses, including alcoholism, drug abuse, gambling and eating disorders, to name but a few – all thrive in the legal profession. Chemical dependency, in particular, […]

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