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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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India all out

With outbound investment from India growing, the complex relationship between the country’s domestic firms and international practices is evolving, says Joanne Harris The make-up of the world’s emerging economies is changing rapidly. Whereas just a few years ago they were predominantly the target for inward investment from the developed world, these days the capital flows […]

Ex-Bradford & Bingley legal chief takes on new role at Leeds Building Society

Leeds Building Society has installed Bradford & Bingley’s former legal chief as head of legal services. Paul Jordan, who has 20 years’ experience in retail financial services and was head of legal at Bradford and Bingley for 10 years, takes over from Andrew Greenwood, who was acting as an interim head of legal services in […]

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Hill Dickinson apes DLA in brand drive

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Lucozade Sport is a drink not a food, tax tribunal rules

The maker of sports energy drink Lucozade has lost an attempt to prove that it is a functional food rather than a beverage, with the Tax and Chancery Upper Tribunal ruling that Lucozade Sport is mainly drunk for hydration and pleasure. In a bid to classify Lucozade Sport as zero-rated for VAT, the drink’s manufacturer […]

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