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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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WRU will look to London as it sets up first formal panel

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) is poised to launch its first formal legal panel early next year. The move follows the appointment of a new head of legal affairs, former Football Association (FA) senior solicitor Rhodri Lewis. The sports body has traditionally instructed Welsh firm Hugh James for the majority of outsourced legal work due […]

Quality (not just high) Street

Time was when the upper end of the foodie market would turn its epicurean nose up at the spinal-fluid-in-a-bap offerings of the fast-food franchises next door to Poundland. But, as Biggie Smalls once so eloquently put it, things done changed. Now, in these recession-hit times there are queues round the block for Ronald Mac’s easy […]

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Attorney general eases up on bar diversity stats

The attorney general’s office has dropped demands on bar members of the Treasury Solicitor Panel of Counsel to disclose equality and diversity credentials. The measures, which were brought in last year under Labour attorney general Baroness Scotland, required all sets with even one barrister on the panel to provide documentation proving they had progressive diversity […]

Abby Ewen: Simmons & Simmons    

What’s the most boring thing you’ve been asked to do in your job?  In a previous firm I had to search through pages and pages of website activity in an attempt to spot anything ‘inappropriate’.  I didn’t. Name:     Abby Ewen         Firm:     Simmons & Simmons Position:   Director of business transformation Lives:   Essex What time do you start […]

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Mark Jones: Addleshaw Goddard

If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been? An archaeologist or a ­landscape photographer. What was your first ever job? Hospital porter in a ­maternity hospital. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee? Dropping the just executed (and as yet uncopied) original of a client’s will down the crack between the lift […]

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