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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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Spies? Check. Race cars? Check. Millions of dollars? Check. HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) appeal against McLaren yesterday had more in common with a James Bond novel than an Upper Tier tax tribunal. This was an appeal with va va voom and almost certainly the first time a tax collector has beaten McLaren to the […]

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Slater & Gordon takes on Manchester HQ and re-jigs UK management

Slater & Gordon (S&G) has confirmed a UK management re-jig and taken on 105,000 sq ft of office space in Manchester. The Australian-listed firm has secured seven floors of 58 Mosley Street Manchester, where it will bring legacy Pannone, Fentons and its pre-existing Manchester staff under one roof for the first time since the 2012/13 […]

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Rosneft turns from Linklaters and Freshfields to Baker Botts for Russian oil deal

Baker Botts has returned to advise Russian state-owned energy giant Rosneft after adding former a former Linklaters lawyer and Rosneft contact to its team. Slaughter and May advised North Atlantic Drilling Ltd (NADL) and Seadrill Ltd on its agreement with Rosneft to break into the Russian drilling market. In recent years the energy company has […]

Khaitan & Co advises Standard Chartered Bank on proposed equity share subscription

Khaitan & Co has advised Standard Chartered Bank (manager to the offer) in relation to Wilmar Sugar Holdings Singapore, which proposes to subscribe to equity shares of Shree Renuka Sugars (‘Target’) aggregating to a maximum of 27.5 per cent through preferential allotment. It has entered into agreements with the Target and its promoters, which has […]

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John Lewis marketing blunder acts a sore reminder to follow protocol

The news that John Lewis has been ordered to pay damages to an individual who received marketing emails without having consented to receiving them is a stark reminder of the financial fallout that can result from a lack of due diligence in this area – something which law firms especially should not be falling foul […]

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