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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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Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 02/07/96

Richard Ward Slocombe, 50, admitted 1972, practising at material time in partnership with Bird Franklin, Oxford, fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £1,121 costs. Allegations substantiated he was guilty of inordinate and inexcusable delay in conduct of professional business, failed to reply to correspondence from client and from Solicitors Complaints Bureau. Slocombe told tribunal he […]

Firm joins ranks of mediators

LONDON law firm Anthony Goldman has started offering mediation services to its clients in the run up to the introduction of the Family Law Bill. The practice, which has recently appointed family law solicitor and qualified mediator Kim Beatson as a partner in its family law team, rejects the idea that mediation will see the […]

Firm may sue tabloid over drugs claim

THE UK’s largest law firm Clifford Chance is considering taking legal action against The News The World over a story alleging a solicitor had been arrested for possession of cocaine after a police raid on the firm’s London offices. The story, which appeared in 24 March edition of the tabloid newspaper, has been described by […]

Lawyer calls for court reform pilot

A MEMBER of Lord Woolf’s “fast-track” working party has warned of chaos in the courts on an unprecedented scale if Woolf’s proposals on speeding up justice are not properly piloted. On 20 June, Woolf told the Association of Women Solicitors that it was “not practicable” to test the whole of the new system in one […]

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