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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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MAB brings in Roiter Zucker founder

Roiter Zucker founding partner John Zucker has joined Matthew Arnold & Baldwin as a consultant in the corporate team. Zucker will report to head of corporate Richard Phillips, with the firm actively recruiting for more hires in the ­department. Life sciences boutique Roiter Zucker dissolved ­earlier this year. A team of six lawyers that formed […]

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MoFo London is outperforming the global business and its success in Asia is plain to see, but if this people-orientated firm is to challenge at the very top level, investment in Europe is a must There is something a bit ritualistic about arriving at a law firm’s office. While the ubiquitous ­security checks can differ in […]

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Opinion: It’s time for defamation proceedings to ditch the jury

The recommendation in Lord Lester’s Defamation Bill that the presumption of trial by jury be reversed, and the recent ­decision of the Court of Appeal of Fiddes v Channel 4 have put the spotlight back on the question of whether jury trials are ­desirable in defamation proceedings. In Fiddes, Matt Fiddes, a former ­bodyguard to […]

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Legacy Hogan London chief quits Hogan Lovells for King & Spalding

The London office of Hogan Lovells has suffered its first high-level departure since the 1 May merger of Hogan & Hartson and Lovells, with partner Garry Pegg set to join US firm King & Spalding. Pegg, who was managing partner of Hogan’s City office and is currently co-chair of Hogan Lovells’ global energy and natural […]

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Postcard from… Montevideo

When I broke the news to friends and family that I was moving to Uruguay for work, the reaction of most people was “Uruwhere”? Some of the enlightened few could muster two words: “Punta” and “Este”; others were speechless. Uruguay is less known than its more flamboyant neighbours, Argentina and Brazil. However, it is a […]

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