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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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Competition Commission audit reforms — not as strict as first anticipated

The Competition Commission (CC) has been concerned about the lack of competition in the audit market for some time. It reports that this lack is due to factors that inhibit companies from switching auditors and the incentives auditors are having to focus on satisfying management rather than shareholder needs. The CC Final Report (published on 25 […]

Shoosmiths aims to raise £60,000 for Barnado’s by April 2014

Shoosmiths is aiming to raise at least £60,000 for Barnado’s by the end of next April. The money will enable the children’s charity to employ two specialist workers to tackle child sexual exploitation — an issue it believes is the most pressing and hidden child protection issue for UK children aged 10 and over. Shoosmiths’ […]

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Nabarro advises on Jordan’s $290m onshore wind farm

Nabarro has advised on Jordans first utility-scale onshore wind farm amid growing demand for energy in the region. The Jordan Wind Project Company (JWPC) has now signed the financing agreement to begin construction of the the $290m Tafila wind farm. The developer consortium consists of a group comprising EP Global Energy, the Euro-Mediterranean fund Inframed and Masdar […]

Allen & Overy hires Stephen Lloyd as private equity partner in its corporate group

Allen & Overy has announced the appointment of Stephen Lloyd as a private equity partner in its London corporate group. Lloyd joins from Ashurst, where he was managing partner of the London corporate department from 2009 to 2012 and global head of corporate from 2012. His practice focuses mainly on private equity; however, he has considerable experience […]

Stamps on the passport

Osborne Clarke is about to open another European base, this time in Amsterdam. It adds to its recent investments into its Paris and Brussels offices and confirms the trend that mid-sized UK law firms cannot afford to ignore the Continent. Osborne Clarke to set up shop in Amsterdam Osborne Clarke beefs up offices in Paris and […]

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