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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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Simon Baggs on the principle to apply for litigation costs. Simon Baggs is a solicitor at Wiggin & Co. He acted on behalf of the claimants in the case.

The principles of the overriding objective and proportionality that underlie the Woolf reforms have led to a new emphasis on costs in litigation. There can be no doubt that the Civil Procedure Rules have produced some profound and beneficial changes in litigation. The decision of David Foskett QC in Little v Sebire is positive proof […]

Looking after the pupils

Lord Bingham’s ruling that the minimum wage does not apply to pupil barristers should not send a negative message to prospective students of the bar (The Lawyer, 13 March). In any event most chambers pay pupils considerably more than the minimum wage. Immediately after last week’s ruling, I commented that it was perhaps time for […]

A guide to surviving the e-business boom

For law firms in Manchester business is booming. We are all busier than ever, doing deals that are bigger than ever. Gone are the days when multimillion pound transactions would disappear to London, leaving us to pick up the smaller, less profitable deals. Today the reputation of Manchester’s professional advisers is such that only a […]

Crowning glory for Cartwrights player

A Cartwrights associate has become the first solicitor advocate to become one of the Attorney-General’s Counsel to the Crown. Peter Woodhouse, who specialises in employment and tribunal law at the Bristol-based firm, has been appointed as a Junior Counsel to the Crown (Provincial Panel). The appointment has been made for three years initially and he […]

4-5 Gray's Inn loses two staff as merger agreed

Two members of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square’s administration team have quit just days after the set confirmed it is to merge with Monckton Chambers. In a widely-predicted move, the two sets announced a formal commitment to merge last Tuesday (The Lawyer website, 14 March). The move will create one of the largest sets in the […]

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