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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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Will Slater on the need to check whether a building is a chattel. Will Slater is a solicitor with the London office of Laytons.

A recent High Court decision in Potton Developments v Thompson and Ennever dramatically highlights the importance of identifying whether the “building” on the land your client is buying is a chattel. It also serves to warn buyers that the most conventional-looking building might be a chattel, the sale of which would require express provision to […]

In brief: Watt new senior partner at Charles Russell

Charles Russell’s newly elected senior partner is Laurie Watt (right), currently the firm’s head of litigation. Watt will take over on 1 May from John South, who is retiring but remaining at the firm as a consultant. The firm says its fee income is forecast to exceed £21m in the current year and has grown […]

Gardening leave must be in contract

A Court of Appeal ruling made last week means that companies can no longer assume that they can enforce gardening leave if the term is not in their employment contracts. Steve Tucker, a bookmaker, resigned from William Hill to go to a rival company, but was told he had to stay at home during his […]

Amnesty Scotland in appeal for lawyers

Amnesty International’s Scottish office is launching a recruitment drive among lawyers on the 50th anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Its Scottish Lawyers Network, which is supposed to represent victims of human rights violations around the world, has been dormant for some time, according to Amnesty’s Jocelyn Cockburn. But she […]

Mishcon de Reya lays off 12 support staff

In the wake of a flood of fee earner departures, Mishcon de Reya has laid off 12 support staff from its word processing department, print room, partnership dining room kitchen and its litigation department. The firm’s head of company commercial, Kevin Gold, said the “technical redundancies” were voluntary. The moves were announced internally, when chairman […]

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