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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..

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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?

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I’m divorced, that’s it, right?

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Edmund’s practice Greene & Greene has completed its biggest deal of the year – advising the Vitec Group on the £26.9m sale of its military spy camera business W Vinten to BZW Private Equity. Partner Chris Thomson said his firm had acted for Vinten Group, which specialises in cameras for the TV industry and the […]

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The pending case we highlighted on August 30 in which the Vat man was scheduled to face a big challenge over his refusal to refund Vat overpayments took a surprising turn at the Vat tribunal doors. Customs and Excise were faced with a claim by the Nottingham-based Faculty of Building for repayment of more than […]

Litigation Writs 01/10/96

Red Rooster Film and Television Entertainment is suing HTV Group over the television series Wycliffe. Red Rooster has issued a High Court writ claiming damages for lost commission arising out of HTV’s alleged unlawful and repudiatory termination of a written agreement, dated 6 February last year, for the distribution of existing and future series of […]

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