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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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Eversheds and Shoosmiths win conveyancing contract

Arun Estate Agencies, the 10th largest estate agency in the UK, is starting a volume conveyancing scheme in October with Eversheds and Shoosmiths & Harrison. The referral scheme is modelled on Hambro Countrywide’s 24-hour telephone conveyancing operation, which can process thousands of transactions every month. It will operate in about 60 per cent of Arun’s […]

Palache quits CC's finance practice to take Nomura post

Robert Palache, managing partner of Clifford Chance’s burgeoning 60-partner finance practice, is leaving to become a director and joint head of securitisations at Japanese investment bank Nomura’s Principal Finance Group. Palache, who has been with Clifford Chance since 1980, and managing partner of its finance practice since 1996, will give up legal practice when he […]

Slater goes to Eversheds

Charles Russell’s operations director Simon Slater has defected to Eversheds to become its director of business development. Slater’s move comes just six months after he was promoted from marketing director to operations director at Charles Russell. He had been with Charles Russell for four years and said he would be sorry to leave what he […]

OSS fails to reach new target

As complaints against solicitors continue to rise, the beleaguered Office for Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) has released figures showing that it is falling dismally short of its own performance targets. Earlier this year the OSS introduced a new streamlined procedure and aimed to have 90 per cent of new complaints dealt with inside three months. […]

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