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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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Kemp Little trumpets 27 per cent rise in turnover

TECHNOLOGY boutique Kemp Little has posted a massive 27 per cent turnover rise following the completion of a wide-ranging strategic overhaul. Turnover leapt from £4.25m to £5.4m in 2006-07, while average profit per equity partner was up by 44 per cent to £360,000. Senior partner Richard Kemp said the firm had experienced growth across all […]

Teaching old partners new tricks

Continuing professional development is essential at all levels within an organisation. At the top there are few born leaders. There are even fewer people who become leaders who could not improve further with the right coaching and development. Law firms internationally face a major challenge in recruiting and retaining the best talent. Providing a top-quality […]

Networking tool set up for sole in-housers

The Commerce & Industry (C&I) Group has invested in software to allow its sole in-house lawyer members to network online. The software, which will be rolled out to lawyers later in the year, is part of a programme aimed at supporting in-house counsel who work alone. The programme will allow sole in-housers to meet and […]

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