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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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Kennedys raids Minter Ellison for Aussie launch

Kennedys has raided Australian firm Minter Ellison for a four-partner insurance team in order to launch a Sydney office. The firm is hiring partners Mark Doepel, Adrian Howie, Tony O’Reilly and Patrick George along with a team of around 20 lawyers to set up the new office, which will be in operation by July. Senior […]

Revenue up at 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square as set enjoys ‘solid year’

Revenue per barrister at 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square has rocketed to £216,000, an increase of 10 per cent from last year. The set’s turnover rose by 4 per cent to £10.6m, up from £10.2m in 2005. But the chambers lost three members during the year, meaning that average income per barrister went up from 2005’s […]

Lawyer 2B/BPP Competition Winners: Essay 1

After much deliberation, Lawyer 2B can reveal the winners of the Lawyer 2B/BPP Law School essay competition, who claim their prizes of free GDL and LPC places. Here are the winning essays… Essay 1: Identity cards are a price worth paying to protect security. Discuss. By Alex Muir. Recent months have seen a great deal […]

Continental shift

CEE countries are no longer prepared to be the Western world’s poor relations. Jason Mogg and Matthew Powell analyse the growing sophistication of the area’s financial markets As the growing securitisation market has shown, the Central and Eastern European (CEE) market is becoming increasingly sophisticated as financial products and techniques commonly used in the UK […]

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