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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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Emily Taylor: Nominet

Nominet’s potentially controversial dispute resolution service has proved to be a coup for its in-house legal team. Steve Hoare reports The value of a domain name – a perennial story in the dotcom days – hit the headlines again recently. Computer giant Apple had turned to Nominet’s dispute resolution service to try to gain use […]

Asbestos sufferers emerge victorious in Pleural Plaques litigation

Personal injury lawyers are celebrating after a judge ruled today (15 February) that insurers are liable for compensation to asbestos victims. The Pleural Plaques Test Litigation was brought by a number of sufferers of pleural plaques – lung scarring caused by asbestos exposure – against British Shipbuilders and several insurers. Sitting in Newcastle Crown Court, […]

Appeal Court witnesses fall-off in civil hearings

The number of appeals heard in the Court of Appeal’s civil division has dropped by 14 per cent in the last year, following a general trend that is seeing fewer cases coming to trial. The finding was published in the court’s review of 2003-04. Applications for appeal have also dropped, from 3,182 in 2002-03 to […]

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After the House of Lords’ decision in Gregg v Scott it seems that clinical negligence is safe from loss of chance claims. William Flenley gives the lowdown The award of damages for the loss of a chance has gradually spread from claims against solicitors for the misconduct of litigation or commercial transactions into claims against […]

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