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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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Arcadia faces legal action by disability rights body

The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) is setting out to fight retail giant Arcadia on behalf of a woman who claims she was unable to shop because she is in a wheelchair. The DRC’s in-house legal team is bringing the case on behalf of Joanne Holland, a wheelchair user, who said she could not get into […]

Vinson’s Enron saga continues

Vinson & Elkins’ nightmare involvement in the Enron saga is showing no sign of coming to an end. Just when the Texas-based giant had begun to hope the worst was behind it, lawyers for Enron’s shareholders filed papers last week (13 June) alleging that the firm “acted with knowledge or at least with reckless disregard” […]

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Attractive infrastructure and good access to the AIM and LSE markets should allow the Isle of Man to bolster its reputation as a hub for IT firms, says Andrew Corlett Following on from the Isle of Man’s attempts to position itself as a top-tier offshore e-business centre and attract leading e-businesses, such as Neteller, PokerStars […]

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On 5 June, The Lawyer reported that the Government has approved the first professional qualification for paralegals – the BTEC in Legal Work. The Institute of Legal Executives also has a professional qualification for paralegals, more recently in partnership with City & Guilds. On 12 June, The Lawyer reported that White & Bowker commercial property […]

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