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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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Firms unwilling to say ‘howdy’ to Saudi

With some of the largest oil reserves in the world, a huge drive for diversification and a population dwarfing that of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia is the place to be for firms seeking big bucks in the Middle East. The problem is, their lawyers just don’t feel the same. Allen & Overy, Clifford […]

Financial Services: New tricks

New rules are set to shake the financial services market, giving smaller companies a chance to break into EEA business and set their own agendas. By Tony Woodward There are only six months to go until the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) is implemented in the UK. The majority of banks and larger investment […]

Bircham ditches PQE for merit-based system

Bircham Dyson Bell has discarded the traditional use of PQE as the key component in grading solicitors. The firm has replaced it with a new performance-based structure, the Career Development Framework (CDF). HR director Richard Walden said that the PQE system is “outdated and fails to recognise the quality of work delivered”. The CDF establishes […]

Skadden’s City office welcomes three new counsel

US firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s London office has scored a bumper crop of new counsel in the latest round of promotions, which saw 43 promoted to the role worldwide. The London office netted three new counsel, compared with just one last year. The new counsel are in addition to the two new […]

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