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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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Spina bifida baby claim

As the number of medical negligence claims continues to rise, a Wembley woman is heading for court with what is believed to be a unique claim that she was deprived of the chance to have an abortion and instead gave birth to a spina bifida baby. Christine O’Sullivan accuses Northwick Park and St Marks NHS […]

The message to conveyancers:'try not to despair'

Conveyancers were told last week they could choose between suicide, bankruptcy or a change of career – unless they changed business practices. Speaking at the Solicitors Property Group (SPG) talks, “Survival in the high street”, former vice-president of the Law Society Robert Sayer painted a picture of doom for the future of the conveyancer. He […]

Good works need to be coordinated

The Law Society has displayed a startling lack of leadership on the issue of pro bono work. Despite the obvious public relations benefits, there is a need for a unit to co-ordinate the various schemes run by law firms. The Bar has already taken action – it set up a pro bono unit earlier this […]

Acting in the world's interests

With the activities of the IBA’s high-profile Section on Business Law attracting most attention, other IBA activities have been somewhat sidelined. But one area in which the IBA has a respectable track record – human rights – is fighting back with the establishment last December of the Human Rights Institute. “A global lawyers’ organisation had […]

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