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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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Tulkinghorn has long suspected as much, but evidence recently reached him that there is something of the mafiosa about Allen & Overy (A&O). It was a fateful day late last month (22 February) when the global godfather of A&O’s communications team David Crundwell gathered all his trusted lieutenants together in one room for a cosy […]

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The institution that is the Lawyers’ Fishing Club is casting around for members again. Tulkinghorn is only too happy to help promote the worthy cause. Each year the club holds its beginners’ day, “the flourish with which we begin the season’s events”, as Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw real estate partner and fishing club stalwart […]

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Insurance has generated its fair share of sparks in recent weeks. The whole market is talking about financial performance in the wake of American International Group posting fourth-quarter earnings nearly eight times higher than a year ago, with property and casualty insurance the star performers. In the legal sector we saw a flurry of lateral […]

Paul Hastings bags finance team from Orrick

Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has continued expanding its finance and restructuring practive, following a two-partner raid on Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Partners Thomas Kent and Anthony Princi have joined the firm’s offices in New York and London. Princi, who was previously the co-head of Orrick’s global bankruptcy and debt restructuring group specialises in creditor-side […]

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