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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?

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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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Lord Irvine’s claim that the Law Society should not be allowed to use its members’ fees to fund its “trade union” activities – which follows closely on the heels of the society’s ad campaign against Lord Irvine’s cuts to legal aid is symptomatic of a wider attack on the legal profession. Lord Irvine chose his […]

Insolvency set for boost as bankruptcies grow

Insolvency lawyers can expect their workload to surge over the coming year as bankruptcies and winding-up petitions continue to grow. According to the Lord Chancellor’s Department, figures for the first quarter of 1999 show a 5 per cent increase in winding-up petitions compared to the same quarter last year. The statistics also reveal that petitions […]

Charles Russell hires new managing partner

City firm Charles Russell has has taken the unusual step of appointing a private client practitioner as its new managing partner. Current managing partner Patrick Russell, who is the fourth generation of Russells to work for the 200-year-old firm, steps down in September. Russell is a sports lawyer. His successor, Grant Howe, is head of […]

Dibbs appoints managing partner for Leeds office…

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