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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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Identifying and eradicating bullying

Managing conflicts and bullying in the workplace is a hot topic. Correct and diplomatic management of difficult situations is imperative in ensuring that staff are not subjected to bullying from colleagues or associates. At a recent Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) seminar entitled ‘Managing Conflict and Bullying at Work’, delegates heard from several […]

Pru shells out on Slaughters in Egg sale

Slaughter and May and Linklaters have landed the lead roles on Prudential’s binding agreement to sell its internet banking subsidiary Egg to Citigroup. Slaughters advised Prudential on the £575m disposal, led by partner William Underhill, who also advised Prudential on its £217m takeover of the remaining 22 per cent stake two years ago. Linklaters, led […]

GC100 warns businesses on directors’ duties

The General Counsel 100 (GC100) has warned company boards not to fall foul of the new directors’ duties provisions in the Companies Act after it published new guidelines to help board decision-making. The group has released the guidelines for directors to identify best practice so as to ensure companies do not breach the legislation, which […]

Macrossan’s epic patent fight ends

The House of Lords has put an end to Australian entrepreneur Neal Macrossan’s bid to patent his business software, refusing him leave to appeal his Court of Appeal defeat against the UK patent office. The House of Lords dismissed his appeal on the grounds that the case “does not raise an arguable point of law […]

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