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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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Farrer & Co woos partners

ROYAL solicitors Farrer & Co is beefing up its private client base by poaching Stephenson Harwood’s head of corporate tax and swallowing the remainder of Rowe & Maw’s private client department. Stephenson Harwood partner John Carrell is heading for Farrers, where he will be joined by Rowe & Maw’s head of the private client department. […]

Berrymans IT partner in move to DWF

DAVIES Wallis Foyster has poached a Berrymans Lace Mawer partner to head its competition law, IT and IP department. Berrymans salaried partner Laurence Pritchard joins Davies Wallis Foyster in September. His remit is to expand the department. Pritchard is one of four partners in Berrymans’ Liverpool-based company and commercial law department. Pritchard says he is […]

Quote of the week

“I have stolen quite a nice paperweight from his office which he left behind.” – Cobbett’s managing partner Michael Shaw on the departure of intellectual property partner Philip Atkinson, who has been poached by Eversheds’ Birmingham office to head its IP department.

Osborne Clarke gains Kemp's key IT partner

Osborne Clarke’s London IT department has gained one partner and lost another this week. The firm is poaching Clifford Chance-trained Ashley Winton, who helped to set up Kemp & Co with Richard Kemp last year. He is leaving because he says that a two-partner firm lacks the resources and breadth of work that he wants […]

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