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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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Civil and criminal set 7 Bedford Row has elected Kate Thirlwall QC as head of chambers after the previous incumbent David Farrer QC stepped down from the role. Thirlwall, the set’s first female head, takes up the position after a period of sustained growth for the set, which has seen its turnover grow to £15.3m […]

DLA Piper boosts Tokyo, HK with raids on US, Aussie firms

DLA Piper has boosted its Asia offering by hiring two new partners for its Tokyo and Hong Kong offices. Corporate finance specialist Koji Ishikawa joins DLA Piper’s Tokyo office from US firm O’Melveny & Myers as a partner, while cross-border IPO and M&A specialist Esther Leung joins the firm’s Hong Kong office as a partner […]

Freshfields and Gleiss scoop €12.5bn Austro-German bank merger

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Gleiss Lutz have bagged the lead roles on Europe’s latest multi-billion euro bank merger. Freshfields laid on a four-partner team for client UniCredit on its €12.5bn purchase of Bank Austria Creditanstalt from HypoVereinsbank (HVB), advised by Gleiss Lutz. The mandate comes after Freshfields advised Italian bank UniCredit on its €15bn (£10.11bn) […]

New partners and new management after record year at Cravath

Wall Street firm Cravath Swaine & Moore is the latest US firm to announce new partnership promotions for 2007, promoting four of its associates to the partnership. The promotions follow a record year for Cravath. Average profit per equity partner rocketed 20 per cent to $2.7m (£1.5m) according to year-end financials for 2005. The new […]

Addleshaws boosts pensions with Freshfields hire

Addleshaw Goddard has expanded its pensions practice with the hire of its first London-based partner in that group. Addleshaws has hired Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer pensions senior associate Catherine McAllister as partner, plugging a gap and giving the practice a partner in each of the firm’s offices. McAllister becomes just the fourth pensions partner for the […]

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