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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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MBRM fills Chinese void with Hong Kong launch

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) is soon to open a Hong Kong office in order to provide a China legal offering that it has conspicuously lacked up until now, The Lawyer can reveal. Likely to open by January, it will be a fully fledged MBRM office rather than a consulting office, such as the […]

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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, that mouthful of a Russian law firm, landed its first high-profile mega-deal last week, sparking all sorts of identity crises within the firm. The Lawyer reported on the $30bn (£16.16bn) aluminum merger that would make the world’s largest roll of kitchen foil, but the journalist responsible was then surprised to […]

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Ireland is experiencing a trend of relocations as companies cash in on their city properties and move out of town. By Mark Barr One of the notable trends in the Irish property market over recent years has been the number of traditional businesses with valuable property portfolios disposing of valuable city-centre premises for significant windfalls […]

Reed Smith ramps up in US with Chicago merger

US firm Reed Smith has announced its intention to merge with Chicago-based mid-sized firm Sachnoff & Weaver. Pittsburgh-based Reed Smith, which is in the process of finalising its merger with Richards Butler in London, has reached an agreement in principle with the 140-lawyer firm. However, the tie-up is subject to a vote by the partnerships […]

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