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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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If you can’t tame your gorilla, take a clean shot

Don’t worry, I’m not suggesting big-game hunting here – the gorillas I’m referring to are the selfish stars inhabiting many law firms The legal gorilla usually claims to have a good practice, is one of the highest billers in the firm and likes everyone to know it, and treat him with respect and deference. He […]

City AM reports on Collyer Bristow’s hire of Christopher Rennie-Smith

City AM has reported on Christopher Rennie-Smith’s move to Collyer Bristow’s intellectual property (IP) team. Rennie-Smith has spent the last 15 years working as a senior judge of the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich, and will be joining the firm as a consultant in June. Along with a wealth of IP experience, he brings […]

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Barclays loses Americas general counsel Crowl to UBS

Barclays’ managing director and general counsel for the Americas, Michael Crowl, has quit the bank to take up a similar post with Swiss institution UBS. As of 1 July, Crowl will become general counsel for the Americas and for the bank’s wealth management unit. He will also become a member of UBS’s legal executive committee. […]

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Big bucks to the fore as Lucas shuns Weil for Kirkland

Is any lawyer worth busting your firm’s compensation structure for? Perhaps one with a reputation for being at the absolute pinnacle of their niche in the market? This is the quandary with which Weil Gotshal & Manges was faced back in 2011, when it hired Linklaters’ partner Stephen Lucas to head its City banking practice. […]

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