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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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Cow attack partner sues successfully

WRAGGE & Co insurance litigation partner David Birch has won a pay-out of almost u45,000 after he was attacked and trampled by a herd of cows. Birch last month won the pay-out from the insurance company NFU Mutual after the incident on a gated road in Northamptonshire in 1991. The company, which defended the action […]

Employed barristers set for top posts

EMPLOYED barristers have won the right to stand for election to the Bar Council posts of vice-chairman and chairman after a widely-supported vote for constitutional change. The change could also lead to the Bar having its first employed chairman in around two years from now, in the form of Michael Blair, head of policy and […]

Boodles votes for cutbacks

THREE partners are among the casualties of a job cutting programme announced by City firm Boodle Hatfield. The step was taken after a vote among its equity partners – one of whom is a victim of the job losses. But managing Partner Edward Sutherland insists the departure of the three partners, along with six other […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Catherine Berney

BT: charges for use of lines No declaratory relief when no cause of action Summary: Court will not grant declaratory relief where there is no dispute or cause of action between the parties. Defendants’ appeal against refusal by the Commercial Court to strike out the plaintiffs’ claim for declarations as to licensing charges for use […]

Biddles splits top posts as Johnson bows out

BIDDLE & CO senior and managing partner Hugh Johnson has announced plans to hand over the firm’s leadership to younger blood with a brief to revamp the IT system. Johnson will relinquish his managing partner position, held since 1982, in June this year and his senior partner post in June 1996, when he will retire. […]

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