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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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In brief: Real estate practice chair joins Decherts

Philadelphia firm Dechert Price & Rhoads has appointed Jack Gillies as a partner. Gillies is former managing partner and chair of real estate practice Hebb & Gitlin. “Decherts shares in my vision to create a one-stop law firm providing quality legal services to a wide variety of institutionally-oriented real estate investors,” he said. Richard Jones, […]

Pro bono boost

The new Solicitors’ Pro Bono Group is now up and running under the directorship of the very capable Peta Sweet. Finally, thanks to a group of law firms, the solicitors’ branch of the profession now has an organisation which can support its pro bono efforts and provide a national focus. It is of even greater […]

Right to accumulate prizes

The House of Lords has given leave for appeal in the case of Regina v Burt & Adams. Burt & Adams was convicted of three counts of unlawful gaming contrary to s.38(6) of the Gaming Act 1968. Appeals against two of those convictions were overturned by the Court of Appeal. But the court certified the […]

Glasgow chief loses job

Bird Semple chief executive Neill Mulvie has lost his job in a management shake-up. The management board of senior partners to which Mulvie reported has been abolished and Gordon Hollerin, who has been with the firm for 20 years, will become managing partner. Mulvie, a non-lawyer, was brought in during the late 1980s when Bird […]

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