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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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DAC Beachcroft and DWF bulk up with team hires in Bristol

DAC Beachcroft and DWF have both made team hires in Bristol, with the latter swooping on Greenwoods for a second time after Parabis closed its office in the city. The five-strong Greenwoods team is led by partner Mike Guy and associate partner Claire Gribben, who join as director and partner at DWF respectively. Meanwhile DAC has […]

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CMS and Pinsent Masons win key slots on £224m acquisition of Scottish shopping centre

CMS and Pinsent Masons have taken key roles on the £224.1m acquisition of Scotland’s second-largest covered shopping centre, The Centre in Livingston, by HSBC Alternative Investments. CMS advised Land Securities on the sale of the shopping centre, which totals more than one million sq ft and houses more than 160 retailers. The CMS team was […]

Gibson Dunn: the growth spurt continues

In case you missed it, the big news among US firms in London currently is not only that Kirkland & Ellis debt finance partner Stephen Gillespie is leaving the firm, but that he is off to join Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. Gillespie has become the Californian firm’s fifth high-profile recruit this year as the California-headquartered […]

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Stories of the year: February

February’s stories of the year saw boutique launches, the annual silk appointments, yet more consolidation and an unconventional flexible working scheme from US litigation powerhouse Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. Silk round 2014: 100 promoted to QC but female representation stalls at 18 per cent This year’s silk round was the largest for three years, […]

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