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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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Scuffle of the week

Jack Straw and ‘so-called civil liberties lawyers’. The Home Secretary this week moved his attack from the people who clean BMW windscreens at traffic lights to those who drive them. In a speech to the Police Superintendents’ Association, Straw accused lawyers of “‘running a campaign’ against his plans for anti-social behaviour orders. ‘They represent the […]

Flotation

Gouldens acted for Linden on its £20.1m fund raising. Funds were raised through placing shares on the stock market

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In brief: Barnett Alexander Chart

Barnett Alexander Chart has three new partners. Corporate and commercial partner Peter Bohm was a partner at Berrymans Lace Mawer. Commercial property partner Laurence Begner joins from Jay Benning & Peltz. Senior assistant Michael Scott has been made a partner in the PFI and projects department.

Quote of the week

“It’s actually quite offensive for a Muslim to be called Mr Mohammed. There is only one Mohammed.” – Judge David Pearl, director of studies at the Judicial Studies Board which is drawing up guidance to stop judges offending ethnic minorities.

Litigation Personal Injury 20/9/99

Susan Perry v Salford and Trafford Health Authority (1999) QBD (HH Judge Peter Baker) 19 August 1999 Claimant: Female, 35 years old at date of accident; 40 years old at date of settlement. Incident: The claimant, a 40-year-old woman, who suffered from severe learning difficulties and some degree of physical disability, was resident in a […]

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