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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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Designing the shackles: draft secondary ring-fencing legislation published for consultation

Following the publication of the Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill on 4 February 2013, the government published illustrative drafts of three statutory instruments in order to aid parliamentary scrutiny of the bill. Given that the bill is primarily an enabling bill, the draft illustrative orders were intended to provide some detail on the policy underlying […]

UK Takeover Code — changes afoot for some AIM companies

By Simon McLeod The UK Takeover Code, operated by the Takeover Panel, is the regulatory regime that governs the majority of public takeovers in the UK. The Takeover Code is an evolving document and changes occur, normally following a consultation process, fairly regularly. The last set of major changes was introduced in September 2011. These […]

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