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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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Addleshaws: where is it going and what does it want to be?

It’s been an era-defining year at Addleshaw Goddard, as today’s analysis explains, but managing partner John Joyce has the potential to turn the firm’s fortunes around by unveiling the right strategy later this week. The Lawyer has explored the firm’s various options. Merger, reducing London service lines, and bulking up the transactional services team are […]

Corporate specialists from Shoosmiths advise Prowting Investments on Bargate investment

Shoosmiths has advised family-backed private equity firm Prowting Investments on the strategic investment in bespoke property developer Bargate Homes. A team of corporate specialists, led by corporate partner Adam Dowdney, worked on the multi-million-pound deal. The Shoosmiths team also included banking partner Linda Williams, corporate associate Lisa Sigalet and paralegal James Arnold. Additional specialist legal […]

No5 barrister to speak at British Institute of International and Comparative Law event

No5 Chambers barrister Gordon Wignall will be speaking at an event that the British Institute of International and Comparative Law is holding on 8 December 2014, which is being chaired by Mr Justice Dove. The event will examine the phenomenon of collective redress and mass claims in the environmental sphere, from English, comparative and international law perspectives.

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Matrix turns to Doughty Street for hire of Plebgate star Gavin Millar QC

Matrix has continued to build its media team with the hire of Doughty Street Chambers’ Gavin Millar QC. Millar starts work at Matrix tomorrow (3 December). The move follows Matrix’s recruitment last year of three media juniors from Doughty Street (7 November 2013). Matrix also hired human rights silk Richard Hermer from Doughty Street in […]

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