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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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The decision of the Court of Appeal in Banco Santander v Banque Paribas is important for those involved in letter of credit transactions. The case concerned the shipment of oil from Kazakhstan CIF Porvoo, Finland. The sale was to be by an English firm, Bayfern, to Napa Petroleum – at an agreed price of about […]

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Shoosmiths advised UK software company PWA Group on its $38m (£24m) acquisition by US-based Great Plains. Shoosmiths corporate partner Dean Drew advised on the cash and share transaction. Dorsey & Whitney represented Great Plains.

Watsons loses head of Moscow

Watson Farley & Williams‘ long-standing head of the Russian office is stepping down. Andrew Muriel has been the partner in charge of the leading shipping firm’s Moscow office for the past three years. He is returning to the London office as a senior finance partner. Elmar Geimuller, who is already in Moscow, will take over […]

McGrigors expands employment group

McGrigor Donald has poached Wright Johnston & MacKenzie’s Stuart Neilson to become a partner in the firm’s expanding employment unit. Neilson, who is now based in McGrigor Donald’s Glasgow office, specialises in all aspects of employment law. He has over 10 years experience in employment law, advising on dismissals, TUPE, reorganisation, change management and discrimination. […]

The new Australian rules

Abigail Townsend reports on how the Australian legal market is being shaken by panel reviews and globalisation. As in any legal market in the world, the driving force behind the changing fortunes of Australia’s law firms are the clients. But unlike many other economic centres, the largest Australian companies are also demanding more and more […]

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