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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 Writs 12/03/96

The sale of a Hampshire country house is at the centre of a legal wrangle in which the divorced wife of a bankrupt prince is suing her former solicitors for negligence. Sarah Saud, who was married to Prince Ahmed bin Saud bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, has issued a writ against City firm Collins Stone […]

Roger Pearson previews an important test for local authority loan guarantees

Judgment is pending in a case with wide implications for the future of local authority private sector borrowing. Credit Suisse is appealing High Court rulings on 6 May and 2 November 1994 that Allerdale Borough Council and the London Borough of Waltham need not repay the millions loaned to them. In the Allerdale case, repayment […]

Scott on the 'acceptable face' of PIIs

SIR Richard Scott, the man who grilled government ministers on arms exports to Iraq and now the Vice-Chancellor, is to outline the workings of public interest immunity certificates at a March conference. National legal charity the Public Law Project has scored a coup with the lecture, ‘The acceptable and unacceptable use of public interest immunity […]

Hands off our profession

I am somewhat alarmed to read about the increasing interest of accountants in the legal profession. It is a worrying trend and one on which the legal profession must take a stand. Multidisciplinary practices are not even allowed and yet we see the major firms of accountants preparing to go down this route. It means […]

Dentons' man in HK

City firm Denton Hall’s Hong Kong office has a new partner heading its project finance practice – Richard Lawrence. Lawrence, a US attorney, will also be responsible for the Hong Kong branch of the firm’s China practice. He previously worked in Hong Kong with San Francisco-based practice Morrison & Foerster after experience in Hong Kong […]

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