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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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ICSID landmark ruling

An ICSID tribunal recently defined that constitutes an ‘investment’. Juliet Blanch investigates the far-reaching ramifications for potential investors and governments A landmark decision by an international tribunal will mean investors must consider the possibility of having to write off the upfront costs they sink into development projects. This followed the successful defence of the Government […]

Birmingham Law Society names DLA firm of the year

DLA scooped Law Firm of the Year at Birmingham Law Society’s second annual awards, which took place on 6 March at the city’s International Convention Centre Other winners included Wragge & Co’s long-serving senior partner John Crabtree, who received a special Lifetime Achievement Award. The sell-out event was compered by John Pratt, former managing partner […]

College of Law to train Land Registry staff

The College of Law has won a £1.8m contract to train hundreds of civil servants at the Land Registry over a five-year period. The college has helped to redevelop the Land Registry Qualification, a distance-learning course, which will also be available to outside solicitors and their support staff from September this year. The college’s chief […]

Birmingham rivals join forces

Two of Birmingham’s oldest firms, Blackhams and Bradley & Cuthbertson, have merged to create Blackhams Cuthbertson. It will have five partners and three associates. Ex-Blackhams partner Paul Smith will be managing partner. The firm is aiming for a fee income of £2m by the end of its first year. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews 2 April […]

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