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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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Nabarro Nathanson banking and finance consultant Michael Vann has left the firm after allegations he breached unspecified procedures. According to Nabarros senior partner David Bramson, Vann was asked to leave by the practice. He said the lawyer had “failed to comply with some of our internal procedures”. But he declined to disclose further details, apart […]

TV adverts are not the panacea

Solicitors must be wondering what has happened to cost cutting at Chancery Lane. Millions of pounds are suddenly being promised for all types of advertising activities to polish up the image of solicitors. Sir Tim Bell has crossed the threshold of Chancery Lane, a sure sign that things have got serious on the image front. […]

Silks say farewell

John Malpas reports Two senior silks have retired from leading European law set Monckton Chambers. Three hundred guests gathered at the Great Hall in Gray’s Inn, London, to attend a reception held by the chambers in order to mark the retirement of Jeremy Lever QC and David Kemp QC. Lever was previously head of the […]

Expert sceptical of repressed memories

John Malpas reports CLAIMS that the repressed childhood memories of sexual abuse victims can be “recovered” by psychotherapists are not backed by science. That was the message delivered to the Family Law Bar Association’s annual conference earlier this month by chartered clinical and forensic psychologist Bryan Tully, one of a number of speakers to address […]

Canadian lawyers in financial freeze

Growing numbers of Canadian lawyers in Ontario are only earning what they generate for their firms, as part of a tough approach to partnerships designed to weather lean economic times. Harvin Pitch, of Toronto firm Teplitsky Colson, said there was a growing trend in the state towards firms operating as “profit centres”, despite obvious ramifications […]

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