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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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Barlow Lyde gains Alsops Hong Kong partners

ALSOP Wilkinson will integrate its Hong Kong business with its main UK practice following a decision by two key partners and their teams to join the Hong Kong office of Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. The two firms released statements within an hour of each other last week. Barlow Lyde & Gilbert expressed pleasure at the […]

McNulty to Ukraine for Know How farm project

BURGES Salmon partner Stephen McNulty is off to the Ukraine in November to assist in a two-year project privatising and modernising the country’s large state farms. McNulty, head of an agricultural property team at the Bristol-based firm, will be working alongside management consultants and accountants in a consortium on a £3 million UK Government Know-How […]

Elsa meeting unites East and West

A FOREIGN Office grant of £26,000 will unite law students from East and West Europe at an international conference in Nottingham next month. The UK branch of the European Law Students Association is staging the organisation’s 28th International Council Meeting from 9 to 16 September. The conference will be the first attended by students from […]

Contract call by London practitioners

LEGAL AID contracts could solve the cash flow and overheads problems under which firms are labouring, says the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association. In its response to the Lord Chancellor’s reform Green Paper the London group also argues contracts could allow the Government to lay down minimum quality standards. “The association does have concerns about […]

Firm keeps mum on Mowlem backdown

CLIFFORD Chance is saying nothing over the embarrassing £20 million failure of its client Mowlem in a long-running legal action, which resulted in profuse apologies to the defendants and an offer to pay all parties’ legal costs. Other London lawyers are speculating how such a large case could go so wrong, at such expense, and […]

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