Camerons speeds past Linklaters for Railtrack work

CMS Cameron McKenna has derailed Linklaters & Alliance as the Government's main adviser on Railtrack.

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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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QXL general counsel to slash legal spend

QXL has taken on a new general counsel, who plans to slash the company’s legal spend by 75 per cent. Tom Parkinson, who was head of legal and company secretary at MediaKey, replaces Anisa Dhanji, who has left QXL for a judicial role advising the Government on immigration issues.“We spent about £1m on legal fees […]

Maxwell Batley acts on Hermes acquisition

Maxwell Batley has advised investment manager Hermes on the sale of Thatcham Business Village, Berkshire, to property investment group Good Harvest.The relationship goes back to Hermes’ previous incarnation as Postel, the in-house manager of the UK’s unified Post Office pension plan and manager for the BT pension fund after its privatisation in 1983. It changed […]

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Philippines drafts new money laundering law

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has to decide if new anti-money laundering legislation, rushed into the Philippines’ statute, is satisfactory. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) watchdog has temporarily suspended its threat of counter measures while a review panel considers the legislation.In the wake of the 11 September attacks in New York, […]

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Last Tuesday witnessed the DLA Art Awards. Tulkinghorn was dismayed that there were no landscapes, and while tempted by the large glass and water sculptures on show that would house Tulkinghorn’s goldfish admirably, he baulked a little at the prices.However, DLA managing partner Nigel Knowles has an eye for a bargain, as Tulkinghorn discovered reading […]

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