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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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A tax haven made in paradise

The Bahamas is the original tax haven and it still remains a favoured place for offshore funds, says Heather Thompson The Bahamas is known as “the first tax haven” and has long been favoured by the wealthy for the establishment of trusts. Its oldest trust company, the Bahamas General Trust Company, was established in 1936 […]

Points wide of the mark

Your 4 October edition had a number of interesting articles about what the membership thinks of the Law Society’s leadership and functions. Geoffrey Adams of Cardiff is wide of the mark on two matters he mentions. The first is the history of franchising negotiations. The society did not suddenly “decide to consult with the profession” […]

First Division lobbies to safeguard CPS future

The Association of First Division of Civil Servants (FDA) is to lobby politicians over the future of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) following new fears that core services such as advocacy could be thrown open to market testing as a cost-cutting move. The Government is considering either privatising the CPS or turning it into a […]

Ethnic minority lawyers hold conference

Lawyers from the UK’s ethnic minorities will be offered advice and information at a conference to be held on 5 November. The African, Caribbean and Asian Lawyers’ Group is holding its annual conference at the Law Society. The event is open to students and lawyers and will cover subjects including articles, pupillage, outdoor clerking, paralegal […]

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