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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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DLA Piper advises QIC on construction of NorthConnex motorway in Sydney

DLA Piper has advised the global infrastructure arm of QIC in relation to its participation in the consortium that will fund the construction of and own the AUD3bn (£1.7bn) NorthConnex motorway in north-west Sydney. The other members of the consortium with QIC are Transurban and the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). DLA Piper partners […]

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Taylor Wessing beefs up private equity team in Germany

Taylor Wessing has strengthened its private equity offering in Germany with the hire of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom partner Walter Henle. Munich-based Henle has joined Taylor Wessing as the firm’s German private equity head. He will be based in Munich but will work alongside Michael Stein and Christian Kleeberg in Frankfurt. Meanwhile in Frankfurt, […]

BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov heads to the Supreme Court

The multi-billion pound case vigorously pursued against Addleshaw Goddard client Mukhtar Ablyazov by Kazakhstan’s JSC BTA Bank is set to take a new turn when it reaches the Supreme Court later this year. Three Supreme Court justices, Lords Mance, Sumption and Hughes, have granted an appeal to Hogan Lovells’ client BTA Bank, which requests that […]

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Irwin Mitchell London employment head quits for Wragges

Irwin Mitchell London employment head John Hayes has quit to join Wragge & Co, just days chief executive John Pickering announced his retirement from the firm. Hayes will join Wragge & Co’s 28-strong employment team ahead of the firm’s merger with Lawrence Graham (LG) in May 2014 (11 December 2013). The pair decided to merge at […]

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