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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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Global players test their luck in Paris bar election

Elections for the Paris Bar Council take place next week, with an unprecedented number of representatives from international firms. Clifford Chance’s Claude Lazarus, Allen & Overy’s Edouard Didier, Dominique Mondolini of Willkie Farr & Gallagher and White & Case’s Jean-Luc Boussard are all standing for a place on the council. Bredin Prat senior partner Jean-François Prat and former global head […]

Norr energises with hire of RWE chairman

German law firm Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz has beefed up its energy law practice with the appointment of the chairman of German energy providerRWE Westfalen-Weser-Ems AG to the firm. Dr Wolfgang Kässer will join Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz on 1 January, concentrating on new energy legislation on unbundling, pricing, transmission and emission trading. He will work alongside […]

Nabarros winds up final salary pension

Nabarro Nathanson has closed its final salary pension scheme to future accruals in a bid to limit the firm’s future pensions liabilities.The scheme, which was closed to new entrants in July 2001, has now been closed to all future accruals after the firm identified that the scheme’s deficit was growing. Senior partner Simon Johnston said […]

B&M suffer raft of departures in Germany

Baker & McKenzie’s German practice has lost six Frankfurt partners, including its head of finance Rainer Magold, to US rivals. According to Germany’s Juve magazine, Magold, a rated acquisition finance lawyer, and Christina Ungeheuer, a rising star in banking, have quit for Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCoy, for whom they will open a Frankfurt office. […]

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There is no cure-all for the pensions crisis, but giving the employer control is a positive step The recent Turner Report emphasised the scale of the pensions crisis in the UK. The report was just an interim one but it contained a clear pointer on the way to overcome the crisis. It indicates the need […]

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