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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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Michael Kavanagh talks to one of the South West’s top firms about its decision to set up a portfolio management arm South West firm Clarke Willmott & Clarke is joining the growing ranks of provincial law firms offering fully-fledged asset management services to an extensive and affluent client base. The firm, which vies with Exeter-based […]

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In brief: Reuters holds privatisation conference

Reuters’ two-day World Privatisation Conference to be held in London on 6 and 7 March is attracting a lot of interest from law firms. The programme includes a region by region analysis of developments; speakers will include government representatives, as well as investment, finance and legal experts. For further details phone 0171-925 1000.

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JUDGES deciding personal injury awards will now be able to take into account a greater number of variables including occupation, geographic location and national economic growth. The increased flexibility stems from a revised edition of the ‘Ogden Tables’ produced by a working party of lawyers and actuaries under the chairmanship of Sir Michael Ogden QC. […]

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