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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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The Lord Chancellor. Not only has he been found guilty by an industrial tribunal of sex and race discrimination for appointing his friend Garry Hart as his special adviser, but he has now been accused of contempt of court. Lawyers Jane Coker and Martha Osamor, who brought the case alleging indirect bias against Lord Irvine, […]

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Olswang senior partner Si-mon Olswang is being sued for breach of trust, breach of duty and negligence amid claims he mishandled a trust fund. The claimants – beneficiaries of the trust fund comprising nearly 250,000 shares – say Olswang’s failure to make a decision over the sale of shares in 1991 caused them to suffer […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Simon Lipson

Simon Lipson was born in 1958 in Stoke Newington. He is a solicitor and managing director of legal recruitment company Lipson Lloyd-Jones. He is also a stand-up comedian, whose new series of the Radio 5 show, Interesting… Very Interesting begins on 24 May. What subject(s) did you fail at school? Cross-country running – a stupid […]

National Grid Group

National Grid Group is already, without doubt, a formidable company. From its privatisation in 1990, the group went on to float on the stock exchange in 1995, placing it at the forefront of the UK’s energy sector. However, its decision last December to enter a billion-pound merger with US energy distributor New England Electric System […]

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