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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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Employment briefing: protected conversations

By Gurpreet Duhra It is a common misconception that simply labelling a meeting or discussion ‘without prejudice’ protects that discussion from future admissibility in legal proceedings. As a legal matter, the ‘without prejudice’ confidentiality rule only applies to without-prejudice discussions relating to the resolution of genuine disputes. There needs to be an existing dispute before […]

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Pinsent Masons bulks up in Paris with tax hire

Pinsent Masons is celebrating its one-year anniversary in Paris by launching a tax practice with the hire of partner Eugénie Berthet from Marccus Partners. Berthet will rejoin former colleagues at Pinsents, which opened in the French capital last year through the hire of a team from Marccus Partners (31 August 2012). Berthet’s hire brings the […]

Orrick and Olswang’s L-plate tectonics

Market shift sees firms pay for overambitious trainee policies September’s NQ retention figures are trickling in and, as always, some firms have had good years while others have resigned themselves to the fact that the thousands they invested in LPC fees and trainee salaries may as well have been spent on a giant statue of […]

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Schillings relaunches as privacy and cyber-security firm

Schillings is relaunching itself as an integrated legal, risk management and IT security and investigation business targeting the growing market in reputation management for corporates and high net worth individuals. Senior partner Keith Schilling told The Lawyer that managing corporate reputations was increasingly tied to understanding the way social media and IT security works, from […]

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Linklaters’ former Portuguese managing partner quits for VdA

Portuguese firm Vieira de Almeida & Associados (VdA) has appointed Linklaters’ former local managing partner Jorge Bleck as a partner and head of M&A and corporate finance. Bleck officially joined VdA on 1 September after 11 years at Linklaters, where he helped found the firm’s Lisbon office. Bleck headed up Linklaters’ Portugal operations for four […]

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