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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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New premises for Wedlake as revenues grow

Wedlake Bell has moved to new, larger premises in Bedford Row as it reports a 5 per cent increase in turnover for the past financial year. The rise in fees to £16.6m for 2003-2004 signals the seventh year of successive growth in gross revenues for the firm, with its London office reporting a 9 per […]

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Allen & Overy team triumphs in Jamaican death row case

A man facing Jamaica’s mandatory death penalty has seen his sentence overturned as a result of pro bono work by Allen & Overy (A&O). Lambert Watson was found guilty of the murder of his girlfriend and baby daughter in 1999 and had already served five years on death row. But in a landmark ruling that […]

New Taylor Wessing head targets profitability

Taylor Wessing’s UK managing partner Gary Moss is to step down in October at the end of his three-year term. He will be replaced by Mike Frawley, a high-profile partner within the firm who is the head of insolvency and the dispute resolution department. Several partners were considered for the position during a consultation process, […]

Orrick takes further advantage of CC closures

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has topped its mass hire of Clifford Chance West Coast partners by taking on the bulk of the firm’s associates and staff. Orrick has recruited 16 associates and another 18 staff to join the eight partners who left Clifford Chance’s soon-to-close San Francisco and Los Angeles offices a few weeks ago. […]

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