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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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Counsellor granted challenge

Former Portsmouth councillor Terence Gregory, who was removed from office following allegations relating to unfair property dealings but who was later cleared of those allegations, has won the right to continue with a legal battle for the right to sue the council over the impact the matter had on his reputation. The Lawyer, 14 July, […]

City law society opens door to foreign lawyers

Foreign lawyers working in the City are to be allowed to become members of the City of London law society. The number of US and European lawyers working in the City is now so great the move could boost the society’s membership by a third to more than 3,500. It will also give the society […]

Litigators back Appeal reforms

Litigation lawyers have cautiously welcomed the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine’s announcement that appeals in civil cases could be heard by one or two senior judges rather than a full panel of three. Speaking at the Lord Mayor’s annual dinner for judges at Mansion House last Wednesday, Lord Irvine said that the change was part of […]

Comment and Analysis:Column. The legal profession must not be allowed to lose its way

Consumer campaigner Marlene Winfield says law schools could boost public confidence by exposing students to the real world. Marlene Winfield is senior policy officer at the National Consumer Council. I am delighted to have this opportunity to speak with a consumer voice to readers of The Lawyer. I begin with a fundamental question: is the […]

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