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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..

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Back again to the drawing board

Rights of audience for employed solicitors is looking rather shaky after the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (ACLEC) rejected the extension of such rights. The “No” comes despite the rebuilding of ACLEC and the replacement of many of those who are opposed to the Law Society/CPS/Government Legal Service proposals on rights […]

Bradford lawyer faces expulsion

A SOLICITOR who attacked his secretary and called her a “scrubber” and a “slag” was due to face a decisive meeting this week after being ordered to pay £8,000 compensation by an industrial tribunal. Bradford lawyer John Macleod pinned the temporary worker to a wall and pushed her out of the office causing superficial injuries, […]

Judges want help for litigants

A more systematic approach to the provision of pro bono legal services by barristers and solicitors is needed to increase support for litigants in person, the Judges Council says. The council has released a package of recommendations to assist people representing themselves in legal actions. It based its recommendations on a report by Lord Justice […]

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THE SERIOUS Fraud Office tried to cover up its “bungled” attempt to prosecute Roger Levitt after being misled by its leading counsel David Cocks QC on the details of a plea bargain, according to MPs grilling SFO director George Staple. Facing a second session with the Treasury and Civil Service Select Committee, Staple came under […]

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