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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 […]

Investing in Sao Tome and Principe

To promote private-sector growth and to improve the business environment in the country, São Tomé and Príncipe has implemented a series of legislative measures that establish favourable conditions for foreign investment. The main measures adopted that are of particular interest to investors include approval of the new São Tomé and Príncipe Investment Code and the […]

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Sidley Austin shuts its doors in Germany after eight years

After a couple of years of exits from its Frankfurt office, US firm Sidley Austin has decided to call it a day in Germany. The firm confirmed this week that it was shutting down in Frankfurt, a few months after launching a review of the office. The exit is not really a surprise, as Sidley […]

Jane Whitfield joins Shoosmiths’ growing wealth protection team

Shoosmiths is growing its wealth protection team with the strategic hire of Jane Whitfield, who joins from Wellers Law Group where she was senior solicitor in the private client and charity law teams. In addition to serving individual clients’ needs in Shoosmiths Access Legal — Shoosmiths’ private client arm — Whitfield’s appointment will enhance the firm’s overall […]

DLA Piper advises AOTS on development of independent oil terminal facility in Malaysia

Asia Oil Terminal Services (AOTS), advised by DLA Piper, has signed construction contracts with supporting guarantees for the development of its project to construct south-east Asia’s largest independent oil terminal facility. The facility will be constructed on the East Coast of Peninsula Malaysia by China Railway Construction Bridge Engineering Group (CRCBEG). AOTS is a Malaysian […]

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In-house interview: CPA Global GC Ruth Daniels

As you might expect from a legal outsourcer, value and efficiency are compulsory for CPA Global’s GC Ruth Daniels International intellectual property (IP) management business CPA Global has built much of its business by pitching IP and legal services outsourcing (LSO) direct to multinational companies. While most of the work CPA handles in the LSO space […]

Mixing up management at Osborne Clarke

No doubt there have been celebrations at Osborne Clarke over the past month – what with the firm opening in Amsterdam, its 18th office, average profit per equity partner soaring by 46 per cent to record highs, and every staff member pocketing an extra 2 per cent bonus. But, it’s not all been champers and […]

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