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Mozambique: Government go-ahead for spectrum auction

The Mozambique Government has recently published in the Official Gazette Resolution no. 12/2018, of April 25, determining the authorisation for the launch of an auction procedure for the grant of rights of use of radio frequencies in the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands. The base bidding prices shall be set by a Joint Order to […]

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 […]

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Lend Lease rethinks UK legal line-up

Lend Lease has launched a review of its entire UK legal panel in a bid to streamline its legal functions. The Australian property developer has revealed that it is conducting a routine reappraisal of the law firms used by each of its business streams. However, it is understood the group is also using the review […]

Martineaus handed NGT Gas Metering Arrangements work

Martineau Johnson has scooped its first major instruction for National Grid Transco’s (NGT) gas business since its merger with energy group Lattice. The Birmingham firm’s energy group, led by partner Andrew Whitehead, advised NGT on the successful implementation of new gas metering arrangements for England, Scotland and Wales. The instruction was a coup for Martineaus, […]

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw boosts construction with Hammonds hire

Mayer Brown Rose & Maw (MBR&M) has bagged a construction partner from Hammonds’ London office. Jonathan Hosie will join MBR&M’s City-based construction and engineering group as its sixth partner on September 6. He is a legacy partner of Edge Ellison, which merged with Hammonds in 2000. Hosie specialises in risk management under building and engineering […]

Part-time option opens up for judges

Constitutional affairs secretary Lord Falconer announced today (4 August) that part-time sitting will be an option for all judicial appointments below High Court level from next April. The move is intended to increase diversity in the judiciary by allowing more people to take up a judicial appointment. A working group set up to investigate the […]

Bar Council follows trend with new office move

The Bar Council is preparing to place its training, administration and investigation arms all under one roof. Over the course of August the Council will de-camp from its three long-established offices in Bedford Row and Cursitor Street in central London and move into a single building at 289-293 High Holborn. The relocation, which will take […]

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