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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 […]

Investing in Sao Tome and Principe

To promote private-sector growth and to improve the business environment in the country, São Tomé and Príncipe has implemented a series of legislative measures that establish favourable conditions for foreign investment. The main measures adopted that are of particular interest to investors include approval of the new São Tomé and Príncipe Investment Code and the […]

Changes to Portuguese inheritance law

Under the current Portuguese law, the surviving spouse is the heir of the deceased spouse, except if they are legally or administratively separated. In order to change this «mandatory capacity» of the spouse, the Socialist Party presented a Draft Law (no. 781/XII) on 20 February 2018 which would allow couples planning to marry to determine […]

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Plymouth City Council’s head of legal has joined Bevan Ashford as the firm ramps up its commitment to public sector work Malcolm Gilbert will head Bevan Ashford’s West Country public sector department. The group was previously headed by partner Andrew Rothwell, who will now focus on his role as head of property.Gilbert has more than […]

Keeping secrets

The Data Protection Act 1998 is likely to have the impact that its predecessor lacked. Michael Ford reports on the new code

Covington’s SEC hire boosts securities

Covington & Burling has recruited the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) director of corporate finance to head up its securities practice David Martin has joined the US firm as a partner and will split his time between New York and Washington DC.Despite being in the US top 100 law firms, DC-based Covington is not renowned […]

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Greenwoods may be growing, but its focus will always be personal injury Niche firm Greenwoods has a rather obscure location, given its focus on the insurance industry. While most of its competitors are crammed into the EC3 district – corralling Lloyd’s of London and other core clients – Greenwoods nestles in Bloomsbury. But such a […]

Disabling discrimination

The Disability Rights Commission feels the best way to win rights is through conciliation, using litigation as a last resort. But many of those it represents believe the courtroom is the only arena that will give them a fair fight. Who’s right? The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) and the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) have […]

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