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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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Spotted in SW1: DLA Piper‘s chief executive Nigel Knowles surreptitiously handing a package to new Mourant counterpart Stephen Ball. What could it possibly be, Tulkinghorn wondered. Nigel’s instructions on how to achieve world domination? Surely Mourant isn’t about to embark on a similar growth strategy. Apparently the book is entitled Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement […]

Our friends in the north

There was much hilarity at Tulkinghorn Towers following a call from a PR lackey at Newcastle-based Watson Burton. Readers will recall the firm was at the centre of gossip following the ousting of managing partner Andrew Hoyle late last month (first reported in The Lawyer, 26 September). The same issue also mentioned the delicious fact […]

Freshfields beats Linklaters on M&A deals

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has knocked rival Linklaters off the top of the European M&A rankings. According to Thomson Financial’s third-quarter league tables, Freshfields took pole position after advising on 211 announced deals with any European involvement worth $323.8bn (£171.4bn). Linklaters, which topped the third-quarter rankings in 2005, advised on 216 deals totalling $285.8bn (£151.3bn). Linklaters […]

Faegre falls foul of Speechly tech raid

Speechly Bircham has bolstered its new technology and commerce group with the hire of Faegre & Benson’s London head of IP. Robert Bond joins Speechly to head up the technology and commerce group from the London office of the US firm. He had been part of Faegre’s IP group for 11 years. Bond specialises in […]

Freshfields Berlin hit by partner loss

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has lost another German partner, this time seeing Berlin-based litigation partner Alfried Heidbrink leave for German firm Lindenpartners. Heidbrink, who leaves Freshfields in November, has been with the magic circle firm since 1992 and a partner since 1997. He specialises in M&A, bankruptcy and financial services litigation. Heidbrink told German legal publication […]

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