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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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Battle of the sects

The truth about the rise of the national firm can now be revealed. Forget your FTSE 100 and say “pooh” to profits (who needs them when you have spiritual enlightenment?). The reality of the ever-growing juggernauts of law is that they are religious sects led by zen-like gurus. Nigel Knowles showed the way. DLA’s ‘leader’, […]

Finland’s Roschier signs up with ius laboris alliance

Employment law alliance ius laboris has expanded into Finland with the addition of Finnish firm Roschier Holmberg, taking the total number of firms in the alliance to 20. Managing director of the alliance Jean-Francois Gerard cited the move as an important step into the Nordic region. “The Nordic market is seen more and more as […]

George Davies’s football seminars see employment practice score new clients

Manchester firm George Davies Solicitors has won a host of new employment work after launching a scheme to help football clubs nationwide with employment issues. The firm has been on the road presenting free seminars to managers and other staff who operate ‘Football in the Community’ schemes. These schemes are organised by the Footballers’ Further Education […]

Separated at birth

Tulkinghorn has discovered an amazing fact about John Cleese: he walked through a gateway into a third dimension while filming Clockwise in 1985 only to re-emerge in 2003 at Lovells, just in time to fight the firm’s partnership elections. Cleese, who runs a highy-rated corporate insurance practice at Lovells, has made it through to the […]

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