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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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Clifford Chance advances on Frankfurt

In the first major breakthrough by a UK firm into the German legal world, Clifford Chance’s Frankfurt office has poached 11 lawyers, including three partners, from the Frankfurt office of one of Germany’s leading law firms. The defectors from Wessing Berenberg-Gossler Zimmerman Lange, include Bernhard von Braunschweig, ex-managing partner of the national management committee, respected […]

Law Society in names for cash row

A Law Society initiative to sell members’ details to advertisers has led to a string of complaints from angry solicitors. Chancery Lane has received 15 complaints about the initiative since January and now plans to place announcements in its journal, the Gazette, to alert members. Solicitors will be advised that they can take their names […]

Axxia system gets the vote from Irish eight

Alison Laferia reports Eight of the top Irish law firms have unanimously opted to install Arista case and practice management systems. The deal provides the supplier, Axxia Systems, with a major foothold in the Irish market. The firms grouped together to assess case and practice management systems in order to boost their buying and negotiating […]

Vaudreys builds on PFI work

Manchester firm Vaudreys is playing an important role in the drive to rebuild the city centre after winning a government contract to advise on the construction of an Inland Revenue office complex there. The practice has completed the first stage of its role as adviser for the Private Finance Initiative-managed development after handling the bidding […]

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A TRAINEE solicitor at Elborne Mitchell barred from crewing the yacht Arbitrator in a prestigious amateur yacht race after he was labelled a professional has proved he was too busy to moonlight as a sailor. Graham Bailey’s duties at the London firm came under scrutiny after the Royal Ocean Racing Club attempted to ban him […]

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