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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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Soccer boss in libel claim

Soccer boss Lou Macari is heading for the High Court seeking ordinary and aggravated damages with a libel claim over two stories which appeared in The Sun newspaper last November.

In brief: Solicitors Complaints Bureau seminar

A seminar to discuss the future of the Solicitors Complaints Bureau is being staged at the Law Society, Chancery Lane, at 3pm on 3 March. The event is being organised by Norwich practitioner Nicholas Oglethorpe. Anyone interested in attending should contact Oglethorpe through his firm Clapham Collinge, 35-37 Exchange St, Norwich, NR2 1EN. DX5212 Norwich.

Building a bigger business

Taylor Joynson Garrett acting for Halifax Loans – a wholly owned subsidiary of the Halifax Building Society – has completed the purchase of the centralised lending business of Banque Nationale de Paris, acquiring u1.5 billion in mortgage assets representing 0.5 per cent of the total UK mortgage market. This new acquisition has raised Halifax Loans’ […]

LAB faces claims of political bias

The Legal Aid Board (LAB) has been accused of riding rough-shod over the consultation process on legal aid reform. President of the Law Society Charles Elly says the board has “endangered its political neutrality by acting as a cheerleader for controversial ministerial ideas”. Elly’s criticisms follow LAB recruitment advertisements which assume that block contracts will […]

In brief: Law Soc says benefits pay back rule unfair

The system by which accident victims on social security benefits have to pay back their benefits when they win compensation is unfair, says the Law Society in evidence to the Social Security Select Committee last week. The society called for changes to allow victims to receive the damages for pain and suffering in full, which […]

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