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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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Eversheds has secured a three-year fixed fee contract with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Africa and the Middle East. The deal will see Eversheds instructed on a fixed-fee basis for each matter with 15 per cent of the fees retained by the client and paid at the discretion of IATA on a performance-related […]

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The End of Lawyers…..or Just the Beginning?

Al Giles managing director of Axiom for EMEA and Asia. It’s been a depressing week for many lawyers. BLP started the trend by announcing widespread redundancies. Osborne Clarke, Wragges and others followed. A one-off announcement might be just that for any number of reasons, but taken together these have felt like a real body blow. […]

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Russia is an attractive proposition for institutional investors at the moment, with a boom in bond issuances Capital markets has been a tricky area to be active in for the past few years, but in Russia at least things seem suddenly to have picked up and law firms are contemplating a full and interesting pipeline. […]

Trainees, you’re not on the list

Groucho Marx famously snubbed any club that would have him, but what about a club that simply won’t squeeze in any more members? Today’s news that the UK legal party is full to the brim, with the number of training contract having fallen to lowest level since 1998 is going to leave plenty of hard-up […]

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