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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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IBA to vote on MDPs

The vote of the International Bar Association’s Council on the liberalisation of the legal profession has been set for 6 June. The Council will be voting on three matters: multi-disciplinary partnerships; rights of establishment; and the need for regulators and intergovernmental bodies to take account of the distinct nature of the legal profession.

Justice for all is necessary

On behalf of the 3,700 plaintiff lawyers represented by Apil, I would like to correct the impression, which may have been created by Anthony Barton, that lawyers do not recognise the merits of conditional fees (The Lawyer, 24 February). Apil has always supported conditional fees, but they are not without problems, especially for low income […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 24/3/98

Decisions are taken from Lawtel’s Case Law database. LTL: Lawtel report; TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law Report. Challenge to legislation relating to release dates R v (1) Secretary of State for the Home Department (2) Governor of Swaledale Prison, Ex Parte Francois (A P) (1998) HL (Lords Browne-Wilkinson, Slynn, Nolan, Hope, Hutton) 12/3/9A […]

Looking for a piece of the bigger picture

The legal profession has reacted with varying degrees of shock, horror, sympathy or dismay to the news of Wilde Sapte’s vote to join Arthur Andersen. How could they? is the question being asked by everyone. But, as is becoming blatantly obvious to all, the profession has some tough choices ahead of it. In the past, […]

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