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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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John Berry looks at the benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

John Berry is director of ADR Legal Costs Assessors. TAXATION of costs has always been a slow process, but on the 15 January 1997 it also became expensive. Court taxing fees were increased to 7.5 per cent on total costs taxed, but, more importantly, when an inter partes bill is lodged, a fee of 3.75 […]

Legal group gets positive

Thirty law firm members of a solicitors’ marketing network, which has set up Web sites, recorded 3,000 hits in the first four weeks. The Trinity Group of solicitors, run by Sheffield-based marketing company, Law Shield, aims to help its 70 law firm members to negotiate contracts for conveyancing and non-contentious work with banks, building societies […]

Judges call for more IT to publish judgments

Court of Appeal judges have called for a greater availability of email and information technology to disseminate judgments to lawyers and judges. Issuing a ruling on the Internet for the first time, Lord Justice Saville criticised the lack of information technology available to the judiciary. Lords Justices Waller, Saville and Brooke put the decision of […]

In brief: Cardiff neighbours combine resources

Welsh firms and next door neighbours in Cardiff, JA Hughes Walter & Hopkins and Rees Wood & Terry, have merged to form a 12-partner, 70-staff firm to be called JA Hughes with Rees Wood & Terry. It has two offices in Cardiff and three in Barry.

In brief: Convicted solicitor receives suspension

Allen Chubb, the solicitor convicted of falsely imprisoning and causing actual bodily harm to a client’s wife, faces a three-month suspension by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. In a hearing last week, the tribunal ordered Chubb to pay £1,927 costs and suspended him for three months, but then lifted the order pending an appeal. Chubb, 53, […]

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