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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: Law Society evacuated during fire scare

The Law Society’s offices in Chancery Lane had to be evacuated and all staff sent home following a fire alert last Thursday afternoon. Although initially it was thought that there was a fire in the basement, the alert was eventually put down to smoke from outside the building finding its way into the air-conditioning system. […]

Irvine's reforms need financial clout

The Insurance Working Party, set up by the Lord Chancellors Department and the Association of British Insurers, met last Friday to discuss the logistics of putting the Lord Chancellor’s legal aid reforms together. Insurers were asked to make formal submissions on the reforms. Meanwhile, the financial implications for law firms, which may well face a […]

Buggins is dead

With reference to the article “Buggins strikes again in Law Society election controversy”, (The Lawyer, 3 February), the society has decided not to consider any changes to its bylaws which would prevent contested elections. The council of the Law Society will, in March, debate proposals for an informal procedure for candidates seeking election only to […]

Co-operation at the coalface

The sheer size of the British Coal multi-party action has led to firms working for a common goal, writes Chris Fogarty. After several years of case preparation and a hearing in the High Court that lasted 102 days, more than 100,000 former British Coal miners can breathe a little easier. In what is the longest-running […]

Alliance of Euro Lawyers chief goes to consultancy post at Hildebrandt

MARC BARTEL, the secretary general of the Alliance of European Lawyers, has left to join Hildebrandt, the international legal management consultancy firm. Bartel’s departure comes at a crucial time for the alliance, whose negotiations with Linklaters over a potential link-up are due to conclude before the end of the month. He was brought in by […]

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