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New compulsory Bermuda bye-law filing requirements

The Companies Amendment Act, 2018, which is deemed to have come into operation on 21 March 2018, amends the Companies Act, 1981 as regards the filing of information contained in bye-laws and applies to all Bermuda companies having a share capital. Under transitional provisions, all such companies will have a period of six months from […]

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 […]

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Green outfoxes Ashworth in Ashursts vote

Ashurst Morris Crisp has re-elected senior partner Geoffrey Green for a second term, seeing off competition from the firm’s head of corporate and telecoms, Chris Ashworth. As one of the firm’s highest billers, Ashworth holds enormous political clout at Ashursts and has been instrumental in influencing the firm’s strategic direction. Under Green, the firm has […]

Fiat legal chief replaced in management shake up

Fiat’s general counsel Bruno Cova is leaving the Italian icon to be replaced by Luciano Soldi of Pirelli. Cova leaves after almost three years with Fiat, during which the group has gone through a massive restructuring. A hugely respected figure in the legal market, Cova leaves by mutual consent as Fiat’s new chief executive Giuseppe […]

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Seven Bedford Row head David Farrer QC’s foray into offshore work could spark a change at the set 60-year-old David Farrer QC, who has spent most of his years in front of juries in old-fashioned courtrooms, could be a figurehead for the modern bar. If barristers had a magazine of bar trends, then Farrer, who […]

Married A&O duo leave for Gibson partnership

A husband and wife team from Allen & Overy has left the magic circle firm to join Newcastle outfit Gibson & Co. Financial litigators Jane and Toby Gibson are leaving the firm where they trained to join Gibson & Co as partners.

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