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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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In brief: Queen's Counsel applications

The Lord Chancellor has invited applications for appointment as Queen’s Counsel. The applications are open to advocates who hold, or are entitled to exercise, full rights of audience in the High Court or Crown Court. Forms and Notes for Guidance, are available from David Stobie, Lord Chancellor’s Department, Room 6.33, Southside, 105 Victoria Street, London […]

Clerks reject paper's 'outrageous' claims

Justices’ clerks are furious over a Sunday Express newspaper article alleging that clerks are advising magistrates to be “too lenient on thugs”. The story, which the Justices’ Clerks Society (JCS) calls “inaccurate, outrageous and mischievous”, claims clerks are advising magistrates to hand out light sentences because of fears they could be financially liable in the […]

In brief: Trainees' book eases jump to practice

Two trainee solicitors have written a book to bridge the gap between academic legal study and the practice of law. Gerald Montagu, of Macfarlanes, and Mark Weston, of Allen & Overy, pooled their skills to write The Legal Practice Companion after completing the Legal Practice Course and then moving into private practice. Former Law Society […]

English law schools skimp on ethics training, says academic

THE BAR, Law Society and law teachers are falling down on ethical training, claims a legal academic. And he says the English bodies are putting out misleading information on the extent to which the subject is taught. Delivering a paper to last week’s International Bar Association conference, the University of Warwick’s Roger Burridge said English […]

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