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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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Group advises on laundering training

A training programme from the Joint Money Laundering Steering Group on new government regulations, similar to those used by the financial sector, has been produced for solicitors . It comprises a video explaining how money is laundered, the regulations and impact on solicitors, computer-based training including testing, and a staff guide for reference and reinforcement. […]

LAB did not 'drag heels'

Your report on the Bar’s survey of legal aid payments to barristers, “LAB drags its heels over payments”, and especially its headline, was misleading (The Lawyer, 9 August 1994). The Bar survey did not show that the Legal Aid Board “drags its heels over payment”. This was not surprising as it was not a survey […]

No longer a game of chance

Mary Heaney reports on the growth of risk management. Is it proactive lawyering or another way of attracting client cash? Two years ago, Bevan Ashford entered uncharted territory for most law firms – it entered into a joint venture with international risk management consultancy Willis Corroon. The resultant company, QRM Healthcare, advises on all aspects […]

TKB Dutch expert joins Howes Percival

Dutch lawyer Wilma Lloyd-Schutt has left Turner Kenneth Brown to join Howes Percival. A high-profile Dutch advocate and English solicitor, she is known for her talks on EU law and trade with Holland. Lloyd-Schutt worked for TKB’s European and Competition Law Group in London. Howes Percival says it is keen to expand its European specialist […]

SBL launches ethnic directory

A DIRECTORY of ethnic minority lawyers was launched last week by the Society of Black Lawyers. The publication aims to bring attention to minority lawyers but also to highlight their scarcity in City firms. SBL Chair Makbool Javaid says the directory is a result of research carried out by Bristol University, which found that “ethnic […]

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