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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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Allen & Overy’s Singapore office is hosting an ICC Institute Masterclass for Arbitrators, an advanced-level course for practitioners wanting to gain more experience of sitting as arbitrator. Speakers include Michael Young, co-head of the global arbitration group at Allen & Overy and alternate member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. The course is being […]

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Yorkshire firm Chadwick Lawrence sells PI book to Slater & Gordon

Chadwick Lawrence has become the latest outfit to sell off its personal injury (PI) book, with the firm offloading the business to Slater & Gordon. The regional firm, which has offices in Huddersfield, Wakefield, Leeds and Halifax, said that sale of its PI and clinical negligence business would enable it to accelerate growth. The firm […]

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Clifford Chance managing partner vote ends today

Clifford Chance is on the brink of crowning a new managing partner as the vote draws to a close today (26 November). The race to replace outgoing head David Childs began this month when global corporate head Matthew Layton, Paris chief Yves Wehrli and real estate finance partner Andrew Carnegie emerged as the three candidates […]

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The tough choices facing Wragges and LG

Wragge & Co senior partner Quentin Poole has always considered Lawrence Graham (LG) an undervalued stock. The City firm topped Wragges’ merger wish list back in 2009, but Poole’s partners had little appetite to pursue a merger a year into the recession. Four years later, and as one of the last major national players without […]

State intervention in the European electricity market

On 5 November, the European Commission published a communication, ‘Delivering the internal electricity market and making the most of public intervention’. Public, or state, intervention can be at regional, national or local level and can take different forms, such as state aid to certain sectors or companies in the form of grants or exemptions from taxes and charges; […]

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