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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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In brief: Davies Arnold Cooper hires two new partners

Davies Arnold Cooper has hired two new partners. Allan Reason, formerly of Pinsent Curtis, has joined the London office as a banking partner and Phil Jepson, formerly of Dibb Lupton Alsop, has become head of common law for the firm’s Manchester and Newcastle offices.

It has been a bad week for…

Veteran real estate lawyer H Harding Brown (no, seriously, that really is his name), who faces paying out $US5m for legal malpractice. An American court found that the real estate deal he was working on went sour after Harding Brown went on holiday, leaving the complex transaction in the hands of a junior. Sir Louis […]

Patrick Redmond The lawyer with the write stuff

This solicitor has landed a £100,000 deal for his first novel. But why aren’t more British lawyers like Patrick Redmond making waves in the literary world? asks Chris Fogarty. While senior Denton Hall partners were plotting mergers in the boardroom last week, solicitors in the bowels of the building were toasting the UK’s latest literary […]

In brief: Profile

In last week’s profile, it was incorrectly stated that President Kaunda was formerly president of Zambia, instead of Zaire. It was also stated that the Bruce Grobbelaar libel action was against News of the World. It was against The Sun. Lord Aldington was the the plaintiff in the libel action brought against Count Tolstoy. The […]

Harassment Act is poorly worded

The Protection from Harassment Act was rushed through leaving grey areas vulnerable to argument, writes Roger Pearson. Anti-stalking laws have been under the microscope in the High Court in a case which has brought some judicial clarification, but which has also left the door wide open for further legal challenge. The case centred on definition […]

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