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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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Ex-Halliwells partners prepare for mediation with liquidators over £20m windfall

The former Halliwells partners facing a £20m High Court claim from the firm’s liquidators are set to enter mediation later this month, with Michel Kallipetis QC leading the proceedings. The group of 32 ex-Halliwells partners are set to enter mediation with the failed firm’s liquidators, BDO partners Dermot Power and Shay Bannon, between the 22 […]

European moves: 12 April 2012

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices. Baltics Swedish firm Magnusson has launched an office in Estonia with the hire of partners Siim Mägi and Indrek Veso, who join from local firms Glikman & Partners and Veso & Partners (28 March 2012). Benelux Dutch firm Houthoff Buruma has […]

DLA Piper adds Goldman director to London partnership

DLA Piper has hired an executive director from Goldman Sachs to join its restructuring practice in London. Justin Conway, who was an executive director and senior counsel at Goldman, joins DLA Piper’s London restructuring practice as a partner. At Goldman, Conway provided transactional legal advice to the private distressed bank loan and high-yield loan trading […]

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DLA Piper seeks ‘fresh perspective’ with management revamp

DLA Piper has made a number of management changes including naming Andrew Darwin as UK managing partner and shaking up its year-old executive management team. David Bradley, who was the firm’s UK managing partner, and Alastair Da Costa, who was the firm’s Asia Pacific and Middle East managing partner, have both stepped down. Bradley will […]

Phone-hacking lawyer prepares to launch claims in US

Taylor Hampton partner Mark Lewis is set to bring a number of phone-hacking claims against News Corporation in the US courts. Lewis has confirmed that he will be discussing three cases with New York-based lawyer Norman Siegel, a former director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. It is the first time that legal action […]

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