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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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Fimbra accused of bad faith

The financial services group, PVY are scheduled to keep a High Court date in March with investor protection agency, Fimbra. The case involves an estimated u6 million claim in which they accuse Fimbra of acting in bad faith by allegedly abandoning an agreement to provide professional indemnity insurance for Fimbra members.

Where there's a will…

In an extraordinary move, all 27 tenants at 3 Paper Buildings, Samuel Parrish’s chambers, have applied to join Plowden Buildings. A decision will be taken this Saturday. The expanded set will be one of the largest sets in Temple with between 55 and 60 barristers. Paul Hurst, senior clerk at Plowden Buildings, said: ‘If a […]

Bid for global domination

Nicole Maley examines the work of the Alliance of European Lawyers and its fresh approach to cross-border business Royex House has long proven to be an influential address in the world of international law. The high-rise eyrie, looking out over the City of London, was once the headquarters of Clifford Chance, the UK’s top international […]

In brief: Solicitor takes McKennas to tribunal

Former McKenna & Co solicitor Eileen Herlihy is due to claim unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination at an industrial tribunal hearing scheduled for this week. The case is listed to be heard at the Whittington House tribunal court in London. McKenna & Co says it is vigorously contesting the case and is ready to go […]

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