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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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Shepherd & Wedderburn’s chief executive Stephen Gibb has pledged to invest in internal training programmes after turnover at the firm rose 7 per cent in 2013/14.  Financials at the Scottish firm rose across the board in the year ending April 2014, with turnover up from £35.9m to £38.3m, average profit per equity partner (PEP) rising 10 […]

Patton Boggs and Squire Sanders to merge by Sunday

When you know, you know. After “overwhelming support” for the Patton Boggs and Squire Sanders merger from partners last Friday, the lovebirds aren’t waiting a minute longer. Despite delays understood to have been caused by Patton Boggs’ high-profile legal battle with Chevron, the US duo will officially tie the knot on Sunday. So what’s up […]

Taylor Wessing favours Germany in all-male promos round

Taylor Wessing has promoted 12 lawyers to its partnership with the majority based in Germany in a reduced promotions round. As in 2012 (9 May 2012) and 2013 (26 April 2013), the majority of the firm’s promotions are heavily Germany-focused. For this round the firm has made seven partner appointments in Germany including two in […]

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Client partners are a special breed

Our focus this week is on a relationship: we profile the general counsel of Universal Music Richard Constant with his favoured external lawyer, Stephen Kon of KWMSJB, a year after the titanic merger with EMI was given the nod. What emerges most strongly from the double interview (Cover story, page 10) is that the relationship […]

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Osborne Clarke launches in Amsterdam with lawyers from Bakers, Norton Rose Fulbright

Osborne Clarke has hired a team of four partners and three associates to kickstart its new Amsterdam office, which formally launched today (2 June). Of the firm’s new partners, two joined directly from Baker & McKenzie’s Amsterdam office, while one hailed from Norton Rose Fulbright and another from Dutch firm Steins Bisschop & Schepel.  Former […]

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