The German government has reportedly tightened tender rules for sensitive public IT contracts

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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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S Chelvan from No5 Chambers has been announced as the winner of the Legal Aid Barrister of the Year at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2014, organised by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group. According to the testimonial, Chelvan is known as a lawyer, academic and activist, who has been instrumental in winning […]

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What a week it’s been for Edwards Wildman’s London office. It started with a bunch of partners allegedly threatening to walk out in a row over pay and fraternising with West Coast firm Cooley as it scouts out potential hires for its London launch. It ended with a senior venture capital partner jumping ship for […]

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Simmons & Simmons is not a firm you instantly associate with regional offices but in the last year headcount at its Bristol base has been rising fast. Simmons’ most recent addition to the partner-led Bristol base is corporate partner Patrick Graves, who joined the firm from Osborne Clarke today. With 17 years at OC focusing […]

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