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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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Howes Percival sets up shop in the City

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Thomas Eggar targets City mid-sizer for merger

Thomas Eggar is drawing up plans for a merger in a bid to boost its profile in the City and attract outsourced work from magic and silver circle firms. The firm confirmed that it has had approaches from London and South East firms, but said it is targeting a single-office, mid-size firm in the capital […]

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Linklaters US investment chief takes on global practice head role

Linklaters has appointed Scott Bowie as head of its global investment management team. Bowie, who currently heads the magic circle firm’s New York investment management practice, will succeed Tim Shipton who had led the group since  2002 having he set it up two years previously. Shipton will continue in his role as co-head of Linklaters’ […]

Simmons loses four partners, 17 lawyers to DLA Piper

DLA Piper has raided Simmons & Simmons’ Rome office for a 17-lawyer team, including four partners. The partners leaving Simmons are Italian head of corporate Antonio Lombardo, projects chief Rodolfo Errore and corporate partners Ernesto Apuzzo and Francesco Aleandri. The new hires will join an existing DLA Piper team of 13 fee-earners, including eight partners, […]

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Is libel reform now really possible?

There is so much wrong with the law of libel that statutory intervention is required.  Whilst aspects of libel abuse can be dealt with by decisions of the appellate courts, or by changes to court procedure or by amendments to statutory instruments, the deeper problems are really such that primary legislation is necessary. For example, […]

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