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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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Solvent schemes of arrangement and other exit strategies are helping to keep London at the head of the insurance market, say Ian McKenna and Richard Gregorian One of the most significant issues for the London insurance market is how to deal with the myriad legal and regulatory issues which arise from the ‘run-off’ market. Run-off, […]

20 Essex St arbitrator count grows to seventeen

Francisco Vicuna, who has just stepped down as president of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal, has joined 20 Essex Street’s growing team of arbitrators. The set, which has historically found its strength in the shipping sector, boasts one of, if not the, largest collection of arbitrators (now 17) at the bar. Arbitrators’ rooms are separated […]

Careers: people

Cobbetts has bolstered its IP, information, communications and technology and media teams with the hire of two solicitors for its Manchester office. Laura Harper arrives after a five-year stint at Pannone & Partners, while Sonia Luthra joins the top 50 firm from DWF Solicitors. Irwin Mitchell has appointed a new associate to its personal injury […]

Expert witnesses balk at depressed fee rates

Just two per cent of expert witnesses are paid more than £300 an hour causing concern of a shortfall in the industry as professionals are increasingly unlikely to risk their reputations for low fees. Research by Sweet & Maxwell revealed that 85 per cent of expert witnesses are paid less than £200 an hour, while […]

PI lawyers hit out over referral fees

Personal injury lawyers hit out yesterday (Wednesday 8 August) at the Law Society’s stance on referral fees. Speakers at the launch of London Accident Link, including Louise Christian of Christian Khan Solicitors, condemned the society for allowing referral fees, saying they compromise ethical standards. A postal ballot of members is currently underway following a resolution […]

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