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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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In brief: Soundings appointment system criticised

Lawyers called for the end of the “soundings” system of appointing judges and silks at the Minority Lawyers conference, held at the Law Society’s Chancery Lane headquarters in London on 29 November. At the event, Lord Irvine pledged that he would not allow racial discrimination in the appointment of judges.

Paris call for global privacy law

THE PARIS Bar has called for the introduction of a global privacy law in the aftermath of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Fayed. And, as The Lawyer went to press, the largely French-speaking international lawyers group, the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), looked set to lend its weight to the Paris […]

Race case 'shame' for faculty

Manchester University’s law faculty will have to pay the highest ever damages for racial discrimination in a case described by an industrial tribunal as “a matter of sadness and shame” for the faculty. On 13 November, Birmingham Industrial Tribunal ordered the faculty to pay £43,560 to lecturer Dr Asif Qureshi after upholding a string of […]

Deacons expands in Far East

Asia-Pacific firm Deacons Graham & James has announced the expansion of its Far East practice by setting up an association with Singapore firm Yeo Wee Kiong. The firm is also setting up its own office in the country and has applied to the Singapore Government for an international legal licence. Under Singapore laws foreign law […]

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