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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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Rail lawyer joins Cripps Harries Hall

A former deputy director for the Office of the Rail Regulator has joined Kent firm Cripps Harries Hall as a corporate partner. Stephen Williams was a property partner at Linklaters & Alliance between 1988 and 1999, during which time he worked on the British Rail privatisation. He subsequently joined US real estate company ProLogis Trust […]

Clyde & Co consultant quits for A&O Thailand

Allen & Overy (A&O) is boosting its corporate capability in Thailand by hiring Clyde & Co senior consultant Tim Dobson. Dobson has worked in Asia for more than 20 years and specialises predominantly in cross-border M&A, although he also handles finance work. Thailand is renowned for its restructuring work, particularly in the wake of the […]

Dorsey invades China with licence for Shanghai office

US firm Dorsey & Whitney is making its first foray into mainland China after winning a licence to practise in Shanghai. Corporate partner Zhao Alex Zhang will head the office, which is expected to be operational this month. Zhang was instrumental in establishing the firm’s Hong Kong operation in 1995. China is regarded as a […]

Addleshaws loses planning partner to Lawrence Graham…

City firm makes key regional partner hire to strengthen its relationship with Sainsbury’s Addleshaw Booth & Co’s Leeds office has lost a highly-rated planning expert to Lawrence Graham in London. Stephen Turnbull joined Lawrence Graham last week after 12 years at Addleshaws. He became a partner in 1995. The move reinforces Lawrence Graham’s relationship with […]

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