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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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Clamour for civil justice council grows as Lord Mackay throws out amendment

Pressure on Lord Mackay to introduce a civil justice council is growing following his rejection of a Law Society sponsored amendment to the Civil Procedure Bill, the first step in implementing Lord Woolf’s reforms. The Shadow Lord Chancellor, Lord Irving of Lairg, and the Law Society are publicly adding their voice to Lord Woolf and […]

Underwriting fees are slashed after introduction of tendering

City lawyers are trumpeting innovative share issues which allowed their clients to slash underwriting fees and which are likely to set the pattern for the future. Lovells corporate partners Nigel Read and Marco Compagnoni led a team of six which advised hotels group Stakis on its £327m acquisition of Metropole Hotels and its £222m rights […]

Ripping yarns from a socialist silk

Legal thrillers being all the rage among the book-reading public you would think the life of John Platts-Mills QC would be ripe for plundering. You can almost hear the publishers pitching the book now: “This chap from the colonies comes to Britain to study amid dreaming spires of Oxford, becomes a barrister in an elite […]

Appeals of drug trafficking

The House of Lords is considering whether to entertain an appeal by Customs and Excise against an Appeal Court decision on 19 February allowing an appeal by Michael Emmett, who is serving 12.5 years for drug trafficking offences, in respect of a confiscation order against him. The Law Lords have allowed Emmett until Thursday to […]

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