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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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The Lawyer Inquiry: James Hunt

James Hunt QC was born in Coalville, Leicester in 1943. He heads The Chambers of James Hunt QC, which won The Lawyer/HIFAL Chambers of the Year award last week. What was your first job? Milkman. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? Three Pounds, four shillings and sixpence (brief fee). What would you […]

Advocates of change

Solicitor advocate Mark Humphries says barristers have had their day in court and change is on the way. Mark Humphries is a solicitor advocate at Linklaters and vice-chairman of the Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates. The most senior law officer in the Government is a former top silk at the commercial Bar. The junior […]

Andersens chose Wilde Sapte over rival Simmons' bid

Simmons & Simmons’ failure to link with Arthur Andersen was the result of losing a beauty contest with Wilde Sapte, it has emerged. It had been thought that Simmons had decided not to be taken over by Arthur Andersen. However, The Lawyer has learnt that Andersens had been conducting talks in parallel with both Wilde […]

World Software drives Worldox in UK

US company World Software, producer of document management system Worldox, has begun a drive to promote the product in the UK. Systematic Corporate Solutions (SCS), a new subsidiary of The Systematic Group, has been appointed to distribute Worldox in the UK. SCS boasts Paisner & Co and Boodle Hatfield as clients and claims ten other […]

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