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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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A&O’s turnover up 3 per cent at half-year stage

Allen & Overy (A&O) has seen turnover rise three per cent in the first half of the current financial year, bringing in £526m. Last year the firm made £511m during the comparable period, a seven per cent drop on the previous year (6 November 2010). In a statement the firm said that over half the […]

Schoenherr opens equity to non-Vienna partners

Austrian firm Schoenherr has brought partners from outside its Vienna headquarters into its equity partnership for the first time. The five new partners, who are based in the firm’s Belgrade, Bucharest and Prague offices, will make up more than a fifth of the firm’s total partnership. Prague-based partners Martin Kubánek and Martin Nedelka have joined […]

King & Spalding hires Norton Rose’s Dubai capital markets head

King & Spalding has beefed up its Dubai office with the hire of Norton Rose debt capital markets chief Rizwan Kanji. Besides his capital markets expertise, Kanji brings a wealth of experience advising on Islamic financing. He acted on the first ever Turkish sukuk – a $100m (£62m) offering by Kuvyet Turk Katilim Bankasi – […]

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Mauritius is geared up for the challenges presented by the Direct Tax Code with regard to investment into India. By Craig Fulton and Nicolas Richard  A draft bill known as the Direct Tax Code (DTC) has been sent to the Indian Parliament for consideration. It is anticipated that it will be enacted over the […]

Wragges posts 15 per cent revenue rise in first half

Wragge & Co has posted a double-digit turnover rise for the first six months of this financial year and forecasts similar levels of growth for the full year. The firm is expecting revenues to be up by around 15 per cent for the first half, from £47.5 this time last year to around £54m. The […]

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