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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 (A&O) set for £18m fee bonanza on Marconi restructuring

Allen & Overy (A&O) is set to reap £18m of fees through advising recovering telecoms giant Marconi – £2m more than the original estimated billings of all the law firms involved in the restructuring As revealed in The Lawyer (2 September 2002), A&O, Clifford Chance (acting for the 27-strong syndicate of banks) and the bondholders’ […]

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Simmons & Simmons has now formally merged with its Portuguese best friend F Castelo Branco P Rebelo de Sousa & Associados. The firms have operated a joint venture in Portugal, known as Grupo Legal Português, for the last 10 years. Merger discussions between the two were revealed by The Lawyer last April (29 April 2002) […]

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For UK law firms, the clock is ticking down to 26 January. By that Sunday, the unelected administrative body of a foreign government will release strict rules on what client information lawyers in London, Paris and Tokyo can keep confidential.Despite heavy lobbying from City firms over the Sarbanes-Oxley regulation, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) […]

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