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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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Labour suggests levy to support legal assistance

SOLICITORS could be asked to make compulsory payments to support pro-bono legal services if proposals to be put forward in a Labour Party consultation document later this year are approved. Speaking at the recent Law Centres Federation annual conference, Labour’s legal affairs spokesman, barrister Paul Boateng, said the party would be committed to a radical […]

Tough tasks to be faced in Melbourne

As that conundrum and wonder of the international legal world, the International Bar Association, prepares for its biennial get together – this time in Melbourne – the old questions about it bubble to the surface. After two years in Claude Thomson’s safe hands, the internal state of the organisation is undoubtedly in a lot better […]

US firm bows out in wake of increased costs

US FIRM Lord Day & Lord, Barrett Smith decided to dissolve this week in the face of mounting costs. The news will affect many Lloyd’s Names who comprise much of the firm’s client base. Some 55 Lord Day fee earners – including the entire corporate team and half its litigators – will join Morgan Lewis […]

MPE and Bovis face two separate suits

Lincoln-based Andrew & Co is acting for two plaintiffs, D McMillan and HC Carruthers, in their separate High Court actions against MPE Ltd and Bovis Construction, which arise from the same event. The defendants are represented by Birkett Westhorpe & Long.

Cunningham appeals fraud conviction

The recent report of the ‘beef’ tribunal of inquiry in the Irish Republic has left angry taxpayers with an Iru30 million bill in legal fees. One senior counsel earned over Irul million, the equivalent of the total estimated cost of Britain’s Scott Inquiry into the Arms-for-Iraq affair. Faced with widespread criticism over what is seen […]

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