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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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Threatened college rejects debt claims

A PRIVATE law college embroiled in a court bid to have it wound up claims it has settled its debts. An application by Prudential Property Services to have London-based Regent School of Law compulsorily wound up was adjourned at the High Court last week. Counsel for Prudential applied for the adjournment after claiming the tutorial […]

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CLIFFORD Chance is saying nothing over the embarrassing £20 million failure of its client Mowlem in a long-running legal action, which resulted in profuse apologies to the defendants and an offer to pay all parties’ legal costs. Other London lawyers are speculating how such a large case could go so wrong, at such expense, and […]

In brief: Levitt prosecution faces complaints at Bar

In the wake of the Roger Levitt trial scandal, complaints will be lodged at the Bar Council over the alleged professional misconduct of all three prosecution barristers in the 1993 trial. Levitt’s former solicitor John Perry, a partner at Goldkorn Davies Mathias, and John Marshall, Conservative MP for Hendon South, are drafting formal complaints against […]

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