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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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Clifford Chance considers super-points plateau in lockstep review

Clifford Chance’s new managing partner Matthew Layton is wasting no time in stamping his mark on the firm. Just a week after the appointment of the firm’s first global innovation head and a new chief operating officer, we reveal today that Clifford Chance has also kicked off a review of its lockstep. Sources suggest that […]

Hong Kong

DLA Piper continues to bulk up in Asia with MoFo Hong Kong hire

DLA Piper has continued to rebuild its depleted Asia practice with the addition of a Hong Kong corporate partner from US firm Morrison & Foerster (MoFo). Melody He-Chen, who joined MoFo from legacy Herbert Smith in November 2011 (2 November 2011), has come on board two weeks after DLA Piper bolstererd its Singapore team with […]

London

Slater & Gordon in talks to acquire Quindell operating division

Slater & Gordon is in negotiations to buy an operating division of Aim-listed legal services provider Quindell, understood to be its legal services arm. Earlier this month, Quindell said it was in “exclusive negotiations” with an unnamed party over the possible sale of an operating division of the group. Yesterday it confirmed in a stock […]

Seoul

Milbank becomes latest international firm to open Seoul office

US firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has announced it is opening a Foreign Legal Consultant Office in Seoul, Korea. The new office will be headed by Milbank partner Young Joon Kim, a Korean native who started his career with the firm in New York and for the past decade has been based in its […]

Gateley appoints new partners Rattray and Raize to London team

Gateley has expanded its London team with the appointment of two new partners. Craig Rattray joins the firm’s commercial, technology and media team and Steven Raize has been appointed to the firm’s corporate team. New Zealand-born Rattray is a technology, commercial and payment services specialist and joins the firm from Olswang, where he was a partner […]

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