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Polish law considerations: advance amount versus earnest money

This article is to discuss legal issues that may arise under Polish civil law in connection with the conclusion of a preliminary sale agreement and payment by the purchaser prior to execution of the final sale agreement of the amount which may be classified, depending on the parties’ decision, either as an earnest money (in […]

Poland reforms law to facilitate business activity

As of 30 April 2018, a package of five legal acts adopted on 6 March 2018 aimed at facilitating business activity entered into force in Poland. The legal acts are: Entrepreneurs Law Act;  Act on Ombudsman for Small and Medium-sized Entrepreneurs; Act on the rules for participation of foreign entrepreneurs and other foreign persons in […]

HMRC loses in specie contribution claim before the FTT

By Patrick Shee Self-Invested Personal Pensions, or SIPPs, have been under HMRC’s microscope for a number of years, but in a recent decision the First Tier Tax Tribunal (FTT) ruled against HMRC, finding that Relief at Source (RAS) for non-cash or in-specie contributions should be given to individuals. In Sippchoice Limited v HMRC [2018] UKFTT 12 the […]

The Health and Safety Sentencing Guidelines and their effect on business

By Adrian Mansbridge New Definitive Sentencing Guidelines for health and safety offences came into force on 1 February 2016; since then, there has been a significant increase in fines. What is clear from our analysis is that efforts by government to deregulate and reduce the burden of health and safety compliance have, from a financial […]

Mozambique: New regulations on compulsory social security

By Sonia Reis and Neylla Gulamhussen Decree no. 51/2017 of 9 October was approved as a result of the new challenges of Compulsory Social Security and seeks to adapt it to the current social situation. To achieve this, the Decree approves the Compulsory Social Security Regulations and came into force on 8 January 2018. The new […]

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Scottish in-housers slam Govt complaints levy plan

In-house lawyers across Scotland have hit out at the Scottish government’s intention to forge ahead with a flat-rate levy to fund the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC). In-house lawyers across Scotland have hit out at the Scottish government’s intention to forge ahead with a flat-rate levy to fund the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC). The […]

Mayer Brown snares FFW construction chief

Mayer Brown has boosted its London construction and engineering group with the hire of Field Fisher Waterhouse‘s construction head, Chris Fellowes. Fellowes’ move marks a return to the firm where he trained. He spent six years at legacy firm Rowe & Maw before leaving in 2001. Michael Regan, lead partner for Mayer Brown’s construction and […]

White & Case

UK 200 Position: 3 UK/glo… UK 200 Position: 3 UK/global turnover: £93.59m/£644.02m Global PEP: £816,000 UK/global RPL: £319,000/£337,000 Firmwide, White & Case had an outstanding year, with turnover jumping by 13 per cent to £644.02m and average PEP by a very healthy 21 per cent to more than £800,000. But the London office put even […]

O’Melveny & Myers

UK 200 Position: 28 U… UK 200 Position: 28 UK/global turnover: £16.9m/£472.2m Global PEP: £883,000 UK/global RPL: £337,000/£449,000 O’Melveny & Myers’ storming entry into the London market three years ago has led to it securing a berth within the top 30 US firms in the City. The remarkable performance was built on a platform of […]

Bonelli makes post-raid promotions

Leading Italian firm Bonelli Erede Pappalardo has implemented a round of promotions, a week after losing five partners to Latham & Watkins. Bonelli has promoted corporate finance partners Alessandro Balp and Paolo Daino from junior to equity partners and has opened the partnership to tax associate Stefano Simontacchi and banking and finance lawyers Gianfranco Veneziano […]

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