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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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Firm Profile: Lodders

Rod Bird, managing partner at Midlands firm Lodders, believes the location of the firm’s head office at Stratford-upon-Avon makes it the perfect base for corporate property and agricultural work. “We’re not very far from Birmingham, which is 22 miles up the road, and Coventry is just 19 miles away,” he says. “It’s quite a vibrant […]

Daniela Baker: Honda UK

Daniela Baker’s belief in her ability helped her land the role of Honda UK company solicitor. But she is showing the company that it made the right choice. By Malar Velaigam Honda entered the motor industry in 1948, with its UK operations kicking off in London in the 1960s. The company has now grown to […]

A&O secures HSBC sexual discrimination appeal victory

Allen & Overy (A&O) has scored an Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) victory against HSBC’s former senior banker, who claimed he was discriminated against for being gay. Peter Lewis, HSBC’s former head of global equities, claimed the bank had mishandled an investigation into allegations of gross misconduct because of his sexual orientation. A colleague, known only […]

In good company

With the introduction of the Companies Act 2006, Northern Ireland is experiencing company law reform on an equal footing with the rest of the UK for the very first time. Richard Gray reports Along with the rest of the UK, company law in Northern Ireland is currently undergoing a significant overhaul with the introduction in […]

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