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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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Store and order

Tulkinghorn was amused to learn the identity of one of the firms involved in the inquest into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi al Fayed. According to a release from the Coroner’s Office, the firm acting as solicitor to the inquest is one ‘Field Fisher Warehouse’. Presumably it specialises in bulk distribution, […]

Weapons of class disruption

Tulkinghorn’s school days were a stiff mixture of rum, buggery and the lash. Sometimes all at once. But he opines that these days it seems our children have it a lot easier. Lawyers at Orchard Brayton Graham would think the same. They have been representing a 12-year-old boy charged with grievous bodily harm after he […]

BSB consults on diversity action plan

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has launched a consultation into its Equality and Diversity Action Plan. The action plan sets outs the BSB’s proposed guidelines for promoting equality and diversity within the bar, including trying to get a more diverse cross-section of society to join as barristers. The plan identifies three core objectives, including working […]

Linklaters: Forging new Links

Linklaters is consigning its Cologne office to the history books in favour of opening in Düsseldorf with the hire of a highly rated Freshfields duo. But with the pair’s remuneration outstripping other partners’, can it keep its existing German staff happy? Linklaters.jpg” alt=”Linklaters: Forging new Links” />It was a clear February day and crammed into […]

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