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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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Scotland’s largest firm Maclay Murray & Spens has made a bold statement of intent with the appointment of London-based partner Philip Skerrett as its new chairman. Skerrett’s appointment signals Maclays’ intention to focus its energies primarily on growing its London office. “It was felt that it would be helpful to have someone from the London […]

Bingham seals eighth merger for West Coast push

US firm Bingham McCutchen has merged with Los Angeles firm Alschuler Grossman, increasing its litigation capabilities. Alschuler Grossman, which will add 40 lawyers to Bingham’s Los Angeles office, is well know for its work on high profile litigation cases. This is the eighth merger for Bingham and the second in 2007: the other being a […]

The work-life quiz with Jonathan Stephens

What was your first-ever job?Haymaking in the summer of 1976. Fortunately it was the year of the severe drought and the bales were really light. Name: Jonathan Stephens Firm: Wilsons Title: Managing partner Lives: Dorset Education: Sevenoaks School; London School of Economics; College of Law Work history: 1980: Qualified as a solicitor; worked in the […]

Cannes retreat brings Herbies’ international strategy into focus

Senior partner David Gold’s strategic recommendations were well received at Herbert Smith’s recent partnership retreat, with Cannes-bound partners supportive of proposals for ongoing growth. Despite an evening trip to Monte Carlo rounding off the event on 28 April, word from the firm suggests that no major losses were suffered on the blackjack table. But of […]

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Policing internet harassment is easier said than done

Should bloggers be civil in cyberspace? That is the debate raging after American internet and blog pioneer Tim O’Reilly proposed codes of conduct for bloggers and blogsites. He was prompted to do so by the experience of a journalist and friend, Kathy Sierra, who became the focus of vitriolic and even threatening comments on various […]

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