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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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Firms moot Court of Appeal plea after pensions judgment

Attempts by life companies to stop litigation over the misselling of pensions scandal took a knock last week after plaintiffs won an important first round in court allowing them to sue while waiting for companies’ compensation reviews. The ruling affects around a million people thought to be due compensation totalling some £2 billion. Dozens of […]

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Law firms now manage over £1 billion of funds, according to the Association of Solicitors’ Investment Management (Asim). This represents a 50 per cent boost on last year and would generate on aggregate in the range of 11 million in fees. Setting up an investment department does not come cheap nor is it an easy […]

Gearing up for a new year of war and peace

“DETENTE time” was the plaintive pre-Christmas cry of the Law Society’s own journal, The Gazette. In an editorial, the magazine called for unity and a constructive approach in the society’s dealings with the Government over such crucial issues as legal aid and divorce reform. The president’s column followed. In it Martin Mears succeeded in insulting, […]

In brief: Bar School joins forces in equality drive

The Bar School has agreed to work with the Commission for Racial Equality to reduce the disparity in exam success between ethnic minority and white students. As part of a joint agreement published this week, the Council of Legal Education, which runs the school, has agreed to undertake a research and monitoring programme to pinpoint […]

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