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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?

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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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Tribunal Service deals with 600,000 cases in first year

The Government’s Tribunal Service dealt with almost 600,000 cases in its first full year, its annual report revealed today (24 July). Of these, more than 100,000 were employment claims and appeals, while 254,000 were appeals in relation to social security and child support and a further 166,000 were appealing asylum and immigration rulings. The report […]

Norton Rose scoops £1.5bn China Bank-Barclays role

Norton Rose and Lovells have played key roles in injecting Chinese and Singaporean cash into Barclays. China Development Bank has agreed to buy £1.5bn worth of Barclays’ new ordinary shares, the equivalent of 3.1 per cent of the bank’s current issued share capital. If Barclays’ bid for ABN Amro is successful the Chinese bank will […]

Law Society names new president

Fiona Woolf today (19 July) stepped down as the president of the Law Society to make way for immigration lawyer Andrew Holroyd Holroyd, a partner at Liverpool-based Jackson & Canter, took over the reins of the solicitors’ representative body at the AGM. Holroyd vowed to lead the entire profession through “what is bound to be […]

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