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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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Shearman & Sterling has advised a real estate company in the largest IPO in Germany this year. The IPO of Alstria Office will allow the company to be converted into a real estate investment trust (Reit) once the new regulation is formally agreed, which is expected later this month. Lead partner of the team at […]

Lovells advises BNP Paribas on sex discrimination case

Lovells is advising BNP Paribas on its defence of allegations over sex discrimination despite losing key employment partner Lisa Mayhew to Jones Day last year. Mayhew was the lead partner who won the high-profile sex discrimination battle for Merrill Lynch against former employee Stephanie Villalba in a potential claim of £7.8m. She was also a […]

Sara Lee rewards panel firms’ diversity initiatives

US conglomerate Sara Lee has reorganised its legal panel, with Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal promoted to ‘preferred partner’ status and Reed Smith regaining that status after a year’s demotion. Sara Lee executive vice-president and general counsel Roderick Palmore has been a pioneer of diversity programmes in the US and has a three-tiered panel of law […]

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