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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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Commercial cream of the crop

When selecting a dream team, some players are always first to be picked. But what of their support? Mike Yuille reports. Mike Yuille is a freelance journalist. In a solicitor’s fantasy counsel team, some names are bound to be first choice. Of these, the most frequently mentioned is Jonathan Sumption QC of Brick Court Chambers. […]

CPS union calls for Crown Court boycott

The CPS lawyers’ union has urged prosecutors with newly acquired rights of audience to boycott the Crown Courts, because of a pay dispute with the management. The CPS section of the Association of First Division Civil Servants (FDA) issued the advice last week, when it accused the management of unilaterally breaking off pay talks. A […]

Child abuse aid cuts

I refer to your article “Child abuse lawyers form group to campaign against legal aid cuts” (The Lawyer, 12 May). NAPAC – the newly formed National Association for People Abused in Childhood – fully supports the formation of this group and hopes that it can co-operate with ACAL in the near future. It would also […]

The battle for supremacy

Competition between lawyers and accountants is hotting up as the Law Society of Ireland debates MDPs, says Mary Heaney Next month the Law Society of Ireland Council is set to consider the controversial subject of multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs). Whatever conclusion it arrives at, the betting is that MDPs, for better or for worse, are on […]

In brief: JHC Forum system

JHC has asked us to point out that the IT system being used by Ashurst Morris Crisp is a predecessor to its Forum system, recent versions of which are millennium compliant.

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