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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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OSS backlog set to double

The Office for the Supervision of Solicitors’ (OSS) delay in allocating complaints to case workers is set to double from six months to a year unless something is done, the regulatory body warns.The revelation came the week the Government pledged to assign a watchdog to oversee the OSS, vowing to give the legal services ombudsman […]

In brief: Wright Hassall & Co

Wright Hassall & Co, the Leamington Spa firm, has poached two lawyers from national firms Pinsent Curtis and Garretts. Michael Curtis joins as a commercial litigation partner from Pinsents, while commercial and property litigation specialist Robin Koolhoven arrives from Garretts’ Leeds office to head Wright Hassall’s insolvency department.

Denton Hall raises City office profile with 13 new partners

DENTON Hall has boosted its City office by making up 13 new partners out of a total of 15 world-wide.It has also poached Herbert Smith construction group senior assistant Miranda Ramphul to work on non-contentious construction work. She specialised in PFI and power projects and major retail and office developments at Herbert Smith.Thirteen of the […]

23 Essex St leads way with new set manager

Highly regarded criminal set 23 Essex Street has secured the appointment of a new chambers manager. Sheona Taylor joins next Monday (26 April) from Lloyd’s Council Secretariat and replaces David Burt, who retired last week.The 49-tenant set has 10 silks, including Michael Wood QC and Christopher Kinch QC, who took silk this year, and is […]

Croydon Council hands largest legal contract to Wragge & Co

Wragge & Co has won Croydon Borough Council’s largest legal service contract following the local authority’s review of its legal firms.The review follows the end of Croydon’s five-year contract with local firm Stonehams. The council will decide whether to keep its panel of additional firms – Bevan Ashford, Blake Lapthorn and Speechly Bircham – over […]

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