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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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WFW to rebuild litigation under new chief

Savage will replace managing partner Michael Greville, who has been interim head since June last year after O’Melveny & Myers snared the firm’s head of litigation David Kavanagh to head its own litigation group. Savage said: “Litigation slowed down in recent years. Considering recent market volatility there’s been an increased appetite in this market. The […]

Keeping up with Equal Opportunities

2007 was the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All. According to the European Commission, the aim was “to make people more aware of their rights to enjoy equal treatment and a life free of discrimination”. Equality issues 2007 was the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All. According to the European Commission, the aim […]

Edwin Coe boosts skill set with triple hire

Lincoln’s Inn-based Edwin Coe has taken on three non-equity partners to boost its non-core practices while at the same time developing its traditional areas of insolvency and litigation. Former Davies Arnold Cooper partner Carolyn West and ex-Reed Smith associate Thom Wilkinson have both joined Edwin Coe’s property department as partners. Simeon Gilchrist has been hired […]

New French corporate boutique launched

Eight French lawyers have left their firms to set up a corporate boutique called Redlink, consisting of five partners and three associates. It will specialise in private equity, M&A and capital markets matters and will provide a new contender in the crowded Paris legal market. Founding partner Frédéric Fournier said: “We’ve chosen Redlink as our […]

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