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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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St James's Chambers loses eight

Manchester set St James’s Chambers is to lose its chancery capability, with eight tenants moving to a Liverpool set. The main practice of 24-tenant St James’s was previously split between common law and chancery, but will now be left with only a common law capability. The chancery team comprises eight barristers: chancery silk and commercial […]

Splashing out

The concept of using a sledgehammer to crack a nut is familiar to Manchester City Council. After all, why shouldn’t a local authority, funded by public money and central government grants, use Slaughter and May, one of the most expensive law firms in the country, to advise it on property and development matters? And where […]

Deans Court clerk moves to Leeds set

A senior clerk at Deans Court in Manchester has left her post after 13 years to join Park Court Chambers in Leeds. Terry Creathorn is moving from the Manchester mixed civil, criminal and family set to replace the senior clerk at Park Court Chambers in Leeds, where Roy Kemp has announced that he is retiring […]

Monte Carlo or bust

Tulkinghorn is very protective over the lovely ladies who work on the newsdesk of The Lawyer. Being fragrant beauties, he does not like to hear that their modesty has been affronted. So he was frankly shocked to hear of the approaches from one of the heads of legal attending Monte Carlo. The reporter had left […]

Scott demands end to costs recovery orders

Lord Scott of Foscote called for the abolition of costs recovery orders and litigation privilege during his speech at The Lawyer Monte Carlo. Law Lord Scott, who has held the posts of Head of Civil Justice and Vice-Chancellor, has already suggested abolishing recovery costs to the Lord Chancellor. “You scrub the huge additional costs that […]

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