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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?

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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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Labour plans to dump LAB in favour of US-style defence system

The Labour Party will replace the Legal Aid Board with a Community Legal Service staffed by salaried lawyers with rights of audience in the courts, in order to provide representation “at a lower cost to the taxpayer than the existing system”. This first indication of a move towards a US-style public defender system is revealed […]

Family panel should select specialists

RULES of accreditation for the proposed family law panel should be stringent enough to ensure the public is offered a choice of lawyers who are true specialists in the area, says the Solicitors Family Law Association. Association chair Nigel Shepherd, a partner in Manchester practice Lace Mawer, says there is a “very strong case” for […]

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Helen Sage reports An increasing number of legal practices are looking to a number of specialist suppliers to meet their computer requirements. A survey among 80 law firms by chartered accountants James & Cowper and LawNet found there has been a move towards practices installing single or departmental PC solutions. “Many of these are very […]

No going back for political president

Martin Mears talks to John Malpas about his opening moves at the Law Society’s helm “OF COURSE I’ll stick to my manifesto,” exclaims Martin Mears indignantly when it is suggested he may drop his radical agenda in exchange for a quiet life. The timing of his elevation to the presidency, just before the traditional summer […]

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