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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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Taylor Wessing nets Merril Lynch counsel

Taylor Wessing has hired the senior counsel of Merrill Lynch’s European global private client business. Clive Cunningham joined Taylor Wessing as a partner in its corporate team last week (beginning 6 November). Cunningham specialises in the financial services, banking and funds sectors. He is the third significant hire for Taylor Wessing in four months. In […]

Law Soc fights ‘destructive’ Carter Review

The Law Society is to convene a Special General Meeting to urge resistance to the government’s legal aid reforms, it was announced this morning (13 November). The move folows a motion put forward by Southampton-based solicitor Roger Peach, supported by another 175 solicitors, to reject the principle of price competitive tendering for criminal legal aid […]

Eversheds partner quits for Birketts

Newly made-up Eversheds employment partner Jeanette Wheeler has left to head the Norwich employment team at East Anglia firm Birketts. Eversheds Norwich employment head Owen Warnock said: “We would have liked Jeanette to stay to participate in the growth of Eversheds’ employment law work in Norwich, but I can understand the attraction to her of […]

Bingham launches in Hong Kong

Bingham McCutchen is to increase its Asian practice by opening a three-lawyer Hong Kong office. US-qualified finance partner Catherine Walters will head to Hong Kong for the 1 January opening, with two associates including Angeli Arora, whose clients include the hedge funds that Bingham is hoping to service. Bingham will look to replicate its London […]

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