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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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Linklaters’ senior partner race nears finish line

Linklaters‘ three-way senior partner race will formally begin this month as the candidates put the finishing touches to their manifestos. Those standing for the high-profile role to succeed incumbent Anthony Cann are former head of corporate David Cheyne and finance chief Giles White. Although considered an outsider, the magic circle firm’s global head of restructuring […]

Bird & Bird takes Eversheds IP head

Bird & Bird has plundered Eversheds‘ IP and life sciences department for head of department Sally Shorthose. Shorthose specialises in non-contentious IP work, including partnering agreements and regulatory advice for life sciences and pharmaceutical clients. Morag McDonald, co-head of IP at Bird & Bird, said: “She fits in with the rest of our international life […]

Fried Frank finalises French merger

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has finalised a merger between the firm’s Paris office and niche bankruptcy litigation firm Lantourne. The two firms began an exclusive association in November with the hope of formally merging 12 months on, but according to Paris managing partner Eric Cafritz the association has been profitable enough to push […]

LeBoeuf scrapes through CAIB Chinese wall before rule change

The Court of Appeal last week (26 May) propped up LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae’s Chinese walls following a conflict of interest row with a client. The ruling, which supported LeBoeuf’s use of a Chinese wall, or information barrier, comes shortly after the Law Society’s new conflicts and confidentiality rules were finally approved by the […]

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