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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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Permission before you publish

Roger Pearson looks at a ruling which could stop newspapers publishing copyrighted pictures without getting prior consent A recent High Court ruling has posed a major threat to the practice of newspapers which use photographs without the consent of the copyright holders in anticipation of gaining consent at a later stage. The “use now and […]

Flood of cases for review commission

The newly launched Criminal Cases Review Commission had received 53 applications to review suspected miscarriages of justice, days before it officially opened last week. The commission, a non-departmental body established to investigate suspected miscarriages of criminal justice, already has to review 180 cases which have transferred from the Home Office. A spokesman for the commission […]

Top Dutch firms elect to tie the knot in ground-breaking merger

LEADING Dutch practices Loeff Claeys Verbeke and Buruma Maris voted to merge last week. When the merger comes into effect on 1 January 1998, the new firm will overtake Nauta Dutilh as the largest firm in Holland with 380 fee earners. Dolf Stuyling de Lange, secretary to the general board at the Loeffs, the largest […]

Girling moves on ABA barriers

Law Society president Tony Girling has invited the American Bar Association to visit the UK to assess the quality of legal education here in a bid to end the deadlock over the requalification rights for English lawyers in New York. Girling extended the invitation to the ABA committee on legal education and admissions last month […]

Cases pending in the QBD

Cases now pending in the Queens Bench Division jury list include: Gladding v Channel 4 TV Corporation & anor (not before 4 July); Howell v Birmingham Post and Mail & anor (not before 4 July); McPhelemy v Times Newspapers (not before 7 July); Royal Bank of Scotland v Amin & anor (not before 21 July); […]

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