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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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Dial-in a new line

Technology is moving ahead at a ferocious rate and law firms are increasingly concerned about the investment needed to keep their business infrastructure up to date. In particular, they need to be attuned to changes in working practices in order to fully respond to client needs. Telephones are at the heart of Osborne Clarke’s communications […]

The next vox pop

Voice mail can only succeed for an organisation if it achieves the vital aim that it has in common with all other means of communication; it must enhance the operation of the business. The only way to achieve this success is to establish and adhere to a voice mail strategy. This is in two distinct […]

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One of the main topics of conversation in law firms today is marketing and McKenna & Co is no exception. We have a number of initiatives in place and one of our main objectives is to retain and develop our client base. To facilitate business, our lawyers and the information technology department are together exploring […]

In brief: National Law Week restates lawyers' role

National Law Week is a chance to put the record straight on the role of lawyers, says Law Society President Charles Elly. Addressing the Birmingham Law Society’s president’s dinner, he said: “This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Law Society’s Charter. It is time to reflect on the service of generations of solicitors and […]

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