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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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Freshfields looks to German firms as it reviews strategies

Freshfields has entered into talks with German firm Deringer Tessin Herrman & Sedemund as part of a review of its German operation. The firm, which to date has developed through organic growth in Frankfurt, is reconsidering its strategy, according to chief executive Alan Peck. He said that Freshfields was “thinking about the future” in Germany […]

DoE project searches for ADR answers

A senior London university lecturer commissioned by the Government to examine the highly adversarial construction industry has accused lawyers of preferring courtroom battles to alternative dispute resolution. Nicholas Gould, a senior lecturer in Westminster University’s Construction, Housing and Surveying department, says that lawyers often take disputes out of their clients’ hands. This, he claims, can […]

Solicitors in Invesco merger trumpet trombone rights issue

Lawyers acting for Invesco in its record-breaking $1.6bn merger with US fund manager AIM Management Group had a week to find a suitable offshore tax haven to issue bonds to help finance the deal. “We eventually came up with the Isle of Man’s new limited liability company legislation,” said Freshfield’s lead partner Lois Moore. “We […]

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