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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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Herbert Smith wins electricity contract

City firm Herbert Smith has won the contract against two other firms to advise the 14 electricity companies of England, Wales and Scotland on implementing full competition in 19 months time. Business customers of the privatised electricity companies are already able to choose their supplier, but from 1 April 1998 all 23 million individual customers […]

No more admin for SEG, says Law Soc

The Law Society is proposing to stop minute-taking and running the membership list for the Solicitors European Group. “The SEG is in an anomalous position,” said Jonathan Goldsmith, the society’s international head, pointing out that administrative support is normally only provided to groups that have difficulty gaining access to the profession, such as women, the […]

The northern lights

Family and matrimonial law is an area on which the local regional Bar is often consulted. Although many family and matrimonial lawyers have been building up specialist expertise in this area of practice themselves, including qualifying as solicitor advocates, they still tend to use counsel for the more complex matters or where “pure advocacy” is […]

Marketing. Competing for business

Crash of Pan Am flight 103: those accused of the bombing faced trial by media With conveyancing still cut-throat and legal aid cases a less-than-reliable source of profitable fees, commercial work has become the life-saver of many small and medium-sized practices. Lawyers could learn much from chartered accountants, who over the last decade have become […]

Crash victims line up at Collins

A firm of solicitors situated next to the site of last month’s Watford Junction train crash has landed a new round of business from injury victims seeking compensation. Collins solicitors, specialists in personal injury and medical negligence, prompted around 20 victims to pursue compensation claims through the firm after 22 turned up to a seminar […]

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