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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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Former Thacher partners lobby to retrieve cash

Former partners of Thacher Proffitt & Wood have formed a pressure group to campaign for more transparency during the US firm’s merger talks with King & Spalding. The group formed after the two firms were rumoured to be exploring a possible merger. Former partners with a significant financial interest in the firm are concerned about […]

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Beresfords partners struck off

Beresfords Solicitors partners Jim Beresford and Douglas Smith have been struck off after all but three of the 11 allegations of professional misconduct against them have been upheld by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. The hearing against Beresford and Smith, who have become multi-millionaires through work on sick miners compensation claims, arose from their alleged conduct […]

Lit-Cat panel: 40 firms win places

Challinors, DMH Stallard and Freeth Cartwright are among the 40 law firms to have been appointed to the Treasury Solicitors’ Lit-Cat, panel beating more than 100 other competitors. Browne Jacobson, DMH Stallard, Kennedys and Weightmans are the big winners on Treasury Solicitors’ Lit-Cat panel review, among a total of 40 law firms appointed. The 40 […]

Bonelli partners jump ship to Paul Hastings

Slaughter and May’s best friend firm in Italy, Bonelli Erede Pappalardo, has suffered a rare partner walkout, with leading structured finance partner Alberto Del Din joining Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker in Milan. Del Din will join Paul Hastings along with Bonelli London structured finance partner Lorenza Talpo and Alessandro Stoppa, an in-house lawyer at […]

White & Case loses bid for Lloyds-HBOS merger JR

White & Case’s bid to launch a judicial review over the Government’s decision not to refer the Lloyds TSB-HBOS merger to the Competition Commission has failed. White & Case loses bid for Lloyds-HBOS merger JR” />White & Case has failed in its bid to launch a judicial review over the Government’s decision not to refer […]

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