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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: Garrett & Co name drops to be Garretts

Garrett & Co, the national chain of law firms associated with the accountants Arthur Andersen, is changing its name to Garretts. The firm said it made the change “because we are already known as this in the marketplace and because it has a modern feel”. It has also brought out a new brochure to mark […]

Election law. Rocking the vote

THE LAST time the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys looked at the electoral register, it found that three to four million people were missing from it. That many people could vote in a new government. They could keep the existing government in power, for that matter. These are the unknowns – the young, the […]

One country, two systems

Today, Hong Kong returns to Chinese rule. Henry Sherman looks at how political change is likely to affect the legal system. Henry Sherman is a partner at Cameron McKenna and is resident in Hong Kong. “Hong Kong is China. The foreigner is always an intruder, often tolerated, sometimes liked, often distrusted, seldom accepted.” So said […]

Touching on tender points

Your report on 18 March on the ECJ judgment on Suzen suggested that local authority in-house departments might now be more competitive against tendering bids. Under the current CCT regime, if there is no Tupe transfer and the in-house team has not won the bid, then local authorities are entitled to add a figure representing […]

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