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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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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Reed Smith kickstarts Paris IP practice with former Howrey hires

Reed Smith has become the latest firm to pounce upon the remnants of failed firm Howrey, taking two partners to launch a Paris IP practice. Marina Cousté and François Jonquères join Reed Smith along with three other lawyers. The duo joined Howrey from boutique firm Cousté & Cousté in May 2005, launching the US firm’s […]

DLA Piper Paris hire three from Jeantet, Morgan Lewis

The lateral hiring spree in Paris continued today with the announcement by DLA Piper of the arrival of three partners from Jeantet Associés and Morgan Lewis. Phillipe Blaquier-Cirelli and Pascal Martin were both previously partners at French independent Jeantet. Blaquier-Cirelli will lead a DLA Piper team focusing on banking and commercial litigation, while Martin is […]

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The town’s favourite daughter might have flown the coop recently, but any Geordies regretting the loss of Cheryl Cole-Tweedy from these shores can delight in the arrival in Newcastle of DWF. Dickinson Dees man about Toon John Flynn is the partner charged with growing DWF’s small but perfectly formed pensions-based offering into an all-singing, all-dancing […]

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