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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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New link for Gides

Leading Paris firm Gide Loyrette Nouel has joined the Lex Mundi global legal association, signalling that its often tense 10-year exclusive relationship with UK firm Allen & Overy and Benelux firm Loeff Claeys Verbeke is coming to an end.

Set honours human rights star

ASIA’S leading human rights lawyer has accepted an honorary door tenancy at 1 Pump Court. Asma Jahangir, a former Secretary General of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, joined the chambers at the beginning of January. In Pakistan, she has acted in cases involving arranged marriages, as well as other areas of women’s rights. As […]

British Gas sued for poisoning

British Gas is being sued by a couple from West Sussex who blame it, along with a building company, for carbon monoxide poisoning they claim to have suffered. John and Elizabeth Witham claim the poisoning was caused by the incorrect installation and servicing of a gas fire at their Angmering flat. Their claim for damages […]

Lester Aldridge gives Lawsoft its seal of approval

BOURNEMOUTH firm Lester Aldridge is due to go live next month with a £500,000 overhaul of its IT system that will allow it to bring its separate accounts, marketing and practice management systems together on one system. The 28-partner firm is the latest to install Pilgrim’s Lawsoft practice management system. It follows London firms Cumberland […]

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